We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Different Lab Technician Jobs?

By D. Jeffress
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Lab technicians work in medical facilities, research institutes, and crime labs to analyze material samples and record data. They frequently work alongside scientists and lab technologists to conduct experiments and interpret results. Those who work in clinical laboratories collect and study blood and tissue samples from patients, while technicians in scientific research laboratories perform tests on various chemical and biological substances. Lab techs who work in forensic labs analyze evidence from crime scenes to help solve cases. Since most professionals specialize, there are several different lab technician jobs available.

Clinical or medical lab technicians are responsible for detecting the presence of abnormalities in samples of human tissue, blood, and bodily fluids. They pass their findings on to physicians, who can then prescribe appropriate treatments. Lab techs frequently operate specialized instruments such as cell counters and electron microscopes. In addition, lab techs usually spend significant amounts of time working with computers, entering data and analyzing statistical results from experiments.

There are numerous different clinical lab technician jobs which require specialized knowledge. Phlebotomists, for example, collect and analyze the components of blood. Histotechnicians inspect samples of body tissue for bacteria and other abnormalities, and cytotechnology technicians detect cancerous and diseased cells.

Budding scientists often obtain lab technician jobs in scientific research institutions. Science lab technicians often work with experienced scientists to design research projects, collect field samples, conduct experiments, analyze results, and write scientific papers. There are nearly as many different scientific lab technician jobs as there are scientific disciplines. Technicians may specialize in chemistry, biology, environmental science, geology, and nuclear research, among many other fields.

Forensic lab technicians gather physical evidence from crime scenes, such as weapons, clothing, and blood samples. They analyze evidence in a lab using various techniques to uncover facts about a crime scene. Forensic lab techs might test firearms to gather ballistic information or extract DNA from hair or tissue samples. Often, the work performed by skilled forensic specialists leads to the identification of perpetrators. When a criminal case goes to trial, a forensic lab tech may be required to give an expert testimony based on his or her findings.

Other lab technician jobs can be found in veterinary, dental, and ophthalmic clinics. Veterinary technicians analyze tissue and blood samples from pets and domesticated farm animals, typically performing the same duties as clinical lab technicians. Dental lab techs create prosthetic teeth, crowns, and bridges for individual patients based on dentists' specifications. Ophthalmic lab techs cut and shape prescription eyeglass and contact lenses.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.