Average Salary: $24,400 - $56,900
Laboratory technicians are trained in using chemical and biological tests and procedures.
In the water-quality sector, laboratory technicians help the chemist, microbiologist, water quality specialists, and treatment-plant operators. They are responsible for:
- measuring the level of microorganisms in source water and treated water;
- measuring other water-quality conditions, such as pH, turbidity, and hardness;
- checking the level of disinfectants at the treatment plant and throughout the distribution system; and
- reporting results to chemist and other specialists.
Education: On-the-job training or two- or four-year degree in a laboratory science
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: Yes
Desirable traits and skills: Interested in science; skilled at using laboratory equipment; organized; able to follow procedures accurately; some outdoor work
Where Jobs are Available
- Most water utilities
- Federal/state government agencies
- Consulting Firms