Science Technician
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for science technicians varies depending on their type of work, such as agricultural, chemistry, medical, life science or earth science.

Science technicians earn an average of $52,000 a year.

Source : Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 'Occupational Outlook Science Technicians', 2017.

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What you will do

Science technicians may do some or all of the following :

  • prepare equipment, materials, products and specimens for experiments and surveys
  • perform experiments and evaluate the results
  • record what happens during experiments, and the conclusions reached
  • set up, operate and maintain laboratories for teaching and research
  • help with or carry out field and site surveys and tests
  • write reports and papers on research results
  • maintain databases
  • order laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Science technicians need to have :

  • knowledge of a science discipline such as biology, chemistry or physics
  • skill in analysing and interpreting research results and other information
  • practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment.
  • Science technicians :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may also work evenings and weekends
  • work in laboratories at universities, schools, research institutes and factories. They may also work in glasshouses or forests, or on farms
  • may travel throughout New Zealand or overseas to work on projects or attend conferences.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a science technician you need to have a relevant science or technology qualification.

    Some employers require you to have a National Diploma in Science (Level 5 or 6), while others require a Bachelor of Science or a Master's degree in the relevant area of specialisation.

    Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

    Personal requirements

    Science technicians need to be :

  • good at research
  • enquiring and observant
  • patient and safety-conscious
  • good problem solvers
  • good written and verbal communicators
  • organised, with good planning skills
  • able to work well both individually and as part of a team.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for science technicians includes :

  • experience in fields related to the area of science you wish to work in
  • other science or laboratory work.
  • Science undergraduates often gain experience by working in a laboratory part time while studying.

    Physical requirements

    Science technicians usually need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and normal colour vision.

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