Explore laboratory careers

With a grounding in science and unlimited practical applications, individuals trained in laboratory operations will find themselves with skills applicable to a variety of workplaces, with plenty of opportunities for career advancement.

Laboratory workers are employed in a diverse range of industries, including:

  • Aeronautics

  • Construction

  • Education and training

  • Environmental, water, wine and food testing

  • Health, pathology and pharmaceuticals

  • Manufacturing

  • Mining

  • Paper

  • Professional, scientific and technical services

  • Transportation


Medical laboratory technicians  perform chemical analyses of body fluids and tissues.

Medical laboratory technicians perform chemical analyses of body fluids and tissues.

Geological technicians  (geotechnicians / geoscience technicians) analyse the chemical constituents of rock, water and soil samples.

Geological technicians (geotechnicians / geoscience technicians) analyse the chemical constituents of rock, water and soil samples.

Metallurgical technicians  work with ore samples to support mineral and metal processing and research.

Metallurgical technicians work with ore samples to support mineral and metal processing and research.

Non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians  use an assortment of analytic techniques to evaluate the performance of materials and systems without damaging them.

Non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians use an assortment of analytic techniques to evaluate the performance of materials and systems without damaging them.

Agricultural / food science technicians  are involved in the production and quality control of food products.

Agricultural / food science technicians are involved in the production and quality control of food products.

Materials technicians,  including construction materials testers, test the properties and performance of materials used in all sorts of products.

Materials technicians, including construction materials testers, test the properties and performance of materials used in all sorts of products.


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