Laboratory technicians play an important role in research and development. While many laboratory technicians are employed in a scientific jobs, laboratory technicians must be detail oriented and able to work independently.
Laboratory Technician Job Education Requirements
Laboratory technicians are generally required to have a post-secondary education; a certificate, diploma or associate's degree from a technical college is the minimum requirement. For jobs in medical laboratories, most employers require a four-year university degree. Industry-specific Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training is also required for laboratory technicians.
Laboratory Technician Job Market
Employment opportunities for laboratory technicians are expected to grow at a higher than average rate in the coming decade. The Canadian government projects that growth in new medical technologies and the development of advanced medical equipment will require a significant increase in the demand for laboratory technicians. Demand for lab techs with experience in petroleum and chemical is also expected to increase over the next several years.
Laboratory Technician Job Salary Information
The full-time annual average salary range for laboratory technician jobs is C$35,000 to C$45,000. Salary variables include industry, years of experience and geographic location. The highest reported hourly wage in 2013 was C$45.90 in Calgary, Alberta, while the lowest hourly rate was C$12.00 in Toronto, Ontario.