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Life Science Technician

Also known as Life Science Technical Officer.

Identifies and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.


Tasks Include:


  • preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collecting information and samples
  • conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
  • controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
  • participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met
Specialisations
  • Biological Technical Officer
  • Botanical Technical Officer
  • Ecological Technical Officer
  • Environmental Technical Officer
  • Fisheries Technical Officer
  • Forestry Technical Officer
  • Wood Technologist
  • Zoology Technical Officer
Job prospects for Science Technicians in Victoria

Occupations in the Science Technicians group include Chemistry Technician, Earth Science Technician, Life Science Technician, School Laboratory Technician and Science Technicians (other).

Employment prospects
There are currently 4,300 Science Technicians in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

Average weekly wage
$1,163.30

Hourly earnings
$30.50

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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