''The three main areas that lab and science technicians work in are process manufacturing and construction materials, biomedical and environmental services and food and beverage processing,'' says a Manufacturing Learning Australia spokesperson. Laboratories are found in hospitals, mining companies, companies that manufacture food, universities and organisations such as the Institute of Sport, police forensic services, museums and art galleries. As a laboratory/science technician, therefore, you will work with a variety of professionals, including scientists, medical staff and engineers. A variety of industrial sectors employ laboratory and science technicians:
Laboratory technicians in the health industry, largely work in the area of pathology.
Process manufacturing lab technicians work with chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, household products and the like. They come into contact with dangerous or hazardous chemicals, which means the technicians need to wear protective work gear.
The lab technicians employed in the construction and mining industries are required to carry out tests on raw construction and mining materials and to test out end products. The food processing sector is another significant employer of lab technicians. According to an industry representative, there is currently a strong focus on microanalysis, with assessments being carried out on the microbiological components of food and the testing of genetically modified food.