Science technicians are usually employed by research institutes, laboratories or educational institutions. Photo / Getty Images

Who’s suited to be a science technician?   

The job is suited to people with a scientific mind, a precise and careful manner, and the desire to support analysis, investigation, research and development.

Average pay

$52k annually average depending on the type of work.

How to train

You need to have a relevant qualification in science or technology to become a science technician. This could be a National Diploma in Science or a Bachelor of Science or a Master’s degree in the relevant area.

What education is required?

To enter tertiary training you need a tertiary entrance qualification. Relevant subjects for this career path are maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

Other things you need to know

As a science technician, you have to be good at research and be patient and observant. You need to be able to use and maintain the technical equipment used for the research.

You should be good at written and verbal communication and have excellent record-keeping skills.

You need to be able to work well both individually and in a team. You might have to provide support for several different projects at the same time so you should have good time-management skills and be flexible.

You are usually required to have good eyesight and normal colour vision as well as a good hand-eye co-ordination.

In this job you usually work regular business hours. The work takes place at universities, schools, research institutes, factories, glasshouses, forests or on farms.

Where could I work?

Science technicians are usually employed by research institutes, laboratories or educational institutions.

The chances of getting a job as a science technician are good, especially in applied sciences that develop new technologies, products and services, such as food research, health and environment.

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