Post a job offer

What does a
Laboratory Technician do?

Click here to view all Laboratory Technician jobs on
Other common names for this position: Lab Technician, Lab Tech, Laboratory Aide, Laboratory Analyst, Lab Analyst, Laboratory Assistant, Lab Assistant, Laboratory Helper, Lab Helper, Laboratory Worker, Lab Worker, Laboratory Technical Assistant, Laboratory Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Medical Lab Technologist, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Medical Lab Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT, Medical Lab Technician, Med Lab Technician, Med Lab Tech, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Lab Scientist, Chemical Laboratory Technician, Chemical Lab Technician, Biological Technician, Biomedical Laboratory Technician, Biomedical Lab Technician, Biomedical Lab Tech, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Clinical Lab Technician, Clinical Lab Tech, Clinical Laboratory Scientist


Scientific Laboratory Technicians are vital to the overall framework of scientific research and development activities. Primarily employed by pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organizations, government departments, research organizations, and academic research institutes, Laboratory Technicians are responsible for ensuring the smooth and uninterrupted functionality of laboratory facilities and scientific equipment.[1]

Laboratory Technicians are involved in a variety of laboratory-based investigations within biological, chemical, physical, and life science areas. Depending on the field, technicians may work independently or under the direction of a professional in the area.

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Laboratory Technicians are required to complete.

  • Performing start up/shut down procedures for the laboratory, including equipment start up/shut down, laboratory disinfection and cleaning, incubator and refrigerator checks, balance checks, pH checks, etc.
  • Setting up experiments, gathering data, and carrying out the basic investigations that are allocated to them:
  • Sampling, testing, measuring, recording, and analyzing results as part of a scientific team;
  • performing laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific investigations;
  • performing sample receipt functions as per laboratory protocols and assigning identification numbers to said samples;
  • preparing and conducting microbiological/chemical analyses as directed by the laboratory supervisor; and
  • preparing, cataloguing, and identifying biological samples for examination or for long-term storage.
  • Maintaining detailed and accurate records of research findings; writing reports, reviews, and summaries:
  • Entering test results and other data into the laboratory database and verifying the accuracy of the data that was entered.
  • Providing all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively:
  • Making sure instruments are accurately calibrated;
  • constructing, maintaining, and operating standard laboratory equipment, (e.g. centrifuges, titrators, pipetting machines, and pH meters); and
  • ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced with sufficient supplies.
  • Keeping up-to-date with relevant scientific and technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability.
  • Ensuring health, safety, and security procedures are followed, as well as the company’s standards.

Daily Tasks

  • Monitoring biological and chemical processes.
  • Setting up, calibrating, and maintaining laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Preparing samples and specimens for use in their work.
  • Conducting experiments, tests, and analyses for a variety of purposes, including research and development.
  • Compiling and interpreting results of tests and analyses.
  • Preparing technical reports, graphs, and charts, and giving presentations that summarize their results.

The average Laboratory Technician salary is $47,234 per year or $24 per hour. This is around 1.4 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $33,000 while most experienced workers make up to $66,000. These results are based on 156 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

Gross Salary42,776.24 $
CPP- 1,944.14 $
EI- 804.19 $
Federal Tax- 4,133.24 $
Provincial Tax- 2,049.15 $
Total Tax- 8,930.73 $
Net Pay*33,845.51 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 42,776.24 $ a year, you will be taxed 8,930.73 $. That means that your take home pay will be 33,845.51 $ per year, or 2,820.46 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 20.88% and your marginal tax rate is 29.60%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Outstanding hand-eye coordination and the ability to use technical equipment with accuracy.
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Communicating clearly, both verbally and in writing, in order to create a clear and communicative environment with co-workers in the laboratory;
  • being able to read and write technical reports; and
  • being able to work cohesively as part of a team and provide support to different team members.
  • Analytical, organizational, and critical-thinking skills:
  • Being precise and accurate in their analyses, since errors could invalidate their research.
  • Organizational and time management skills and meticulous attention to detail:
  • Avoiding disorganization in the workplace that can lead to legal problems, damage to equipment, and toxic spills;
  • carrying out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to perform the corresponding analyses;
  • being able to work on several different projects at the same time;
  • being able to work in a fast-paced environment; and
  • being able to prioritize tasks and responsibilities accordingly.

A degree is not always necessary to become a Laboratory Technician, although some employers may require applicants to have a scientific degree. However, the main requirement will usually be good qualifications in the appropriate scientific subjects (e.g. biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and life/medical/physical sciences). Relevant practical laboratory work experience of at least one (1) year can also be beneficial when applying for this position.

Obtaining degrees or vocational qualifications through part-time study can lead to better job prospects and progression into more senior research and development roles. Qualifications such as a master’s degrees or Ph.D.’s may enable the candidate to move into scientific research.

Working hours for Laboratory Technicians are generally fixed on a standard 9-to-5 basis. However, some labs, especially those in healthcare facilities, work on a 24/7 basis, and Lab Technicians are therefore required to work in shifts throughout the week, sometimes including holidays and weekends.

Job Offers
There are currently 483 available job offers for the Laboratory Technician position on Below is a list of available jobs, based on Canada's most populated metropolitan areas.