Research & DevelopmentResearch and Development Laboratory Technician

Research and Development Laboratory Technicians process laboratory samples and performs tests.

Research and Development Laboratory Technician

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Did you enjoy lab experiments in science classes? Does the creation of creating something new appeal to you? As a Research and Development (R&D) Laboratory Technician, you'll be an important part of cutting edge research. You'll help your company create new materials or products.

A large part of your job as a R&D Lab Technician will consist of conducting a wide variety tests. You'll likely be responsible for making sure the sample, equipment, and any required chemicals are handled correctly. Proper handling is important not only for avoiding contamination of the sample, but also for safety in the lab. Your data analysis skills will be put to good use as you document detailed test results to help keep record of all new advances. Many times this requires entering data into a database or other software program. You'll also need to recognize when test results are not meeting expectations and notify your supervisor.

A R&D Lab Technician typically has the job of keeping the lab clean and organized as well. You may help organize equipment and set up the lab, and sanitize the surfaces and the equipment, both before and after it is used.

A high school diploma with some experience in a lab is the baseline for starting your career, but a degree in Chemistry will help to put you at the front of the pack.

Critical Skills

  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Analytical or Scientific Software
  • Analyzing Data
  • Check, Examine and Record
  • Chemistry Knowledge
  • Gathering Information Through Observation
  • Lab Research Principles
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures
  • Understanding of Regulatory Requirements

Key Responsibilities

  • Test products, compounds, or batches for contaminants
  • Maintain, operate, and calibrate laboratory equipment
  • Compile and analyze data from test results
  • Comply with all safety, environmental and health regulations and procedures
  • Follow standardized formulas or experimental procedures
  • Responsible for the upkeep and routine maintenance and repairs of all lab equipment
  • Perform research and data gathering, charting, analysis, and recording
  • Purchase, inventory, store, transfer, recycle and dispose of waste chemicals

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Salary: $15-20/hour

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My Interests

Having Independence

Managing People


Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

High School Diploma or GED

Preferred Education

Associate degree in chemistry technology, applied science,or related field

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