Chemistry lab technician careers: job description & salary info

Chemistry lab technicians primarily work in research and development or manufacturing environments and may assist in anything from routine testing and monitoring procedures to complex investigative analyses utilizing chemical processes and products. Employers most often look for candidates with a bachelors degree in chemistry or a related area.

Chemistry lab technicians may produce compounds, perform manual and automated testing of selected materials and products, interpret and record data or operate and maintain lab instruments for projects as varied as monitoring water pollution levels to identifying the stability of drug products and clinical packaging. Here are two sample excerpts illustrating responsibilities from Monster.com:

Monitors and maintains adequate inventories of consumables, chemical/compounds, and solvents. Negotiates price and submits requisitions. Receives, distributes and weighs out samples for testing, shipments, and stock solutions. Performs limited troubleshooting and calibration of instruments.'- Idenix Pharmaceuticals.

'This position conducts analytical testing on a wide variety of sample types using a variety of chromatographic techniques. Prepare samples, reagents, and standard solutions. Operate and maintain laboratory instruments such as a GC and HPLC.'- Galbraith Laboratories, Inc.

A bachelor's degree is usually required for this type of position, though some employers accept an associate's or training from a technical school. An advanced degree will be needed for some higher level situations. Candidates should have from one to five years of practical work experience where they become skilled at using various equipment and knowledgeable about lab procedures.

The median hourly earnings of chemical lab technicians in the USA is $18.35 with job growth projected to be slower than average; however, techs well trained on equipment used in industrial and government laboratories and production facilities, or working in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, should fare better. With experience, some techs may go on to supervisory roles.

Many of these professionals find work as contract employees through any number of hiring agencies. This type of job may either be long-term or simply provide income and experience prior to securing an in-house position.

Exercise 18: Work with the group - Read the text once again and find out if the information

a) True

b) False

c) The text doesnt consist any information:


Questions Answers
1. Employers most often look for candidates with a master's degree in chemistry or a related area. *
2. Chemistry lab technicians may perform manual and automated testing of selected materials and products. *
3. Candidates should have from five to ten years of practical work experience where they become skilled at using various equipment and knowledgeable about lab procedures. *
4. The median hourly earnings of chemical lab technicians in the USA is $28.35. *
5. Many of these professionals find work as contract employees through any number of hiring agencies. *


Exercise 19: Work with the group. Answer the questions:


1. Where do chemistry lab technicians primarily work?

a) in manufacturing environment

b) in private laboratories

c) in research and development or manufacturing environments

d) in research environments


2. What scientific degree should you have to be given this position?

a) masters degree

b) bachelors degree

c) doctor of science degree


3. What type of agency can help you to take up this position?

a) travel agency

b) hiring agency

c) model agency




Indefinite to ask to be asking
Continuous to be asking -
Perfect to have asked to have been asking
Perfect Continuous to have been asking -

to :

: n speak English. - -.

to let, to make, to feel, to hear, to see, to notice, to watch:

I'll make him tell me the truth. - .

, and or, to :

promised to telephone or write. .

Exercise 20. Put to before the infinitive where it is necessary:

1 My son asked me __________ let him __________ go to the club.

2 You must make him __________ practice an hour a day.

3 She was made __________ repeat the song.

4 He is not sure that it can __________ be done, but he is willing __________ try.

5 Let me __________ help you with your work.

6 She asked me _________ read the letter carefully and _________ write an answer.

7 You ought __________ take care of your health.

8 I looked for the book everywhere but could not __________ find it.

9 He was seen __________ leave the house.

10 We had __________ put on our overcoats because it was cold.

10. I think you ought __________ apologize.

11. Make him __________ speak louder.

12. Help me carry this bag.

13. I must __________ go to the country.

14. It cannot __________ be done to-day.

15. The man told me not __________ walk on the grass.

Exercise 21: Use the appropriate form of the infinitive.

1. They want (to take) to the concert by their father.

2. I am glad (to do) all the homework yesterday.

3. This plant is known (to produce) tractors.

4. He wants his son (to become) a lawyer.

5. He seems (to know) French very well: he is said (to spend) his youth in Paris.


Exercise 22: State the forms and functions of the infinitive. Translate the sentences.

1. Our plan was to introduce new methods of research. 2. Here is an example to be followed. 3. They must continue their experiment. 4. All you have to do is to write a letter. 5. He continued to read. 6. I didnt ask to be told the news. 7. He has a lot of work to do. 8. I left my village to enter the university. 9. To make a choice between these two methods was quite difficult. 10. There are lots of contradictions to be found in your report. 11. The conference to be held tomorrow will be devoted to a dramatic breakthrough in chemistry.



We use the gerund after:


E.g.: I am keen on dancing.

some verbs: admit, enjoy, deny, finish, imagine, keep, mind, recommended, suggest.

E.g.: He hates waiting for someone.


We use the to-infinitive after:

some verbs: agree, choose, decide, expect, learn, prepare, promise, seem, want, would love, would like.

E.g.: I would love to go to London.


We use the infinitive without to after:

modal verbs: can, could, may, might, must, should, etc.

E.g.: I cant go to the party.

the auxiliary do

Exercise 23. Use the Gerund, the To-infinitive or the Bare Infinitive:

1. Lets ___________ (meet) there at six oclock.

2. I thought of ___________ (leave) before the party.

3. Im hungry. I feel like ___________ (have) dinner.

4. She invited them ___________ (sit down) at the table.

5. I saw the lorry ___________ (crash) into a lamp post.

6. He denies ___________ (have) killed the dog.

7. They are unable ___________ (agree).

8. She offered ___________ (help) him.

9. Have you stopped ___________ (smoke)?

10. It was so funny that I couldnt help ___________ (laugh).

11. The driver made us ___________ (push) the car.

12. Before ___________ (accept), you should consider it carefully.

13. Take this opportunity of ___________ (say) what you really think.

14. Shes good at ___________ (make) speeches.

15. Some Portuguese rivers are said ___________ (be) polluted.

16. Im used to ___________ (hear) of his extravagant attitudes.

17. I cant help __________ (feel) that there is something very wrong somewhere.

18. Its hard ___________ (decide) which film is the best.

19. We are still waiting for them ___________ (reply).

20. - Are you glad youre going to meet her?

- Oh, yes. Im looking forward to ___________ (meet) her.

Exercise 24. Reword the following sentences beginning them as indicated below and make the necessary changes:

1. It is very dangerous to drive so fast.

You shouldnt __________________________________________

2. Id rather visit Spain than France.

Id prefer __________________________________________

3. Dont hurry. Its no use.

Its no use __________________________________________

4. I can keep the car clean.

Its easy for me __________________________________________

5. You shouldnt travel alone.

Youd better __________________________________________

6. I always feel embarrassed when he behaves like that.

I cant help __________________________________________

7. I phoned Bob and then I went out.

After __________________________________________

8. Could you turn the radio down, please?

Would you mind __________________________________________

9. We wanted to find the place and we did it.

We succeeded in __________________________________________

10. We could do radical sports.

He suggested __________________________________________



Provide a short project describing your work in the chemical laboratory. You may do it as a PowerPoint Presentation, essay, etc.

Make the illustration of the rules Laboratory Safety.

Illustrate the laboratory equipment, describing its functions.




Exercise 25: Complete the sentences. Use the infinitive.

1. It is necessary for her ___________.

2. It is advisable for them ___________.

3. They waited for us ___________.

4. It was important for them ___________.

5. There was no reason for him ___________.

6. For the experiment ___________ he had to do much work.


Exercise 26: Translate the following words and phrases:

1. () ___________ yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.

2. () ___________ all written and verbal instructions carefully.

3. If you do not ___________ () a direction or part of a procedure, ask your teacher before proceeding with the activity.

4. When first entering a science room, do not ___________ () any equipment, chemicals, or other materials in the laboratory area until you are instructed to do so.

5. Do not use ___________ ( ) as containers for food or beverages.

6. () ___________ the teacher immediately of any unsafe conditions you observe.

7. Dispose of all chemical waste properly. Never ___________ () chemicals in sink drains. Sinks are to be used only for water. Check with your teacher for disposal of chemicals and solutions.

8. Labels and equipment instructions must be read carefully ___________ ( ). Set up and use the equipment as directed by your teacher.

9. Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth, and body while using chemicals or ___________ ( ). Wash your hands with soap and water after performing all experiments.

11. ( ) ___________ or smock should be worn during laboratory experiments.

Lead in

Exercise 1: Identify which types of chemists departments are shown in the pictures. Describe the objects you see in the picture.


R Chemists department R Prescription department R Stock-in-trade department R Assistants room  

Exercise 2: Complete the sentences with one of the words or phrases given:


  compounding pharmacy patient produced drugs pharmacy medications certain diseases hospital pharmacies materials  


1. _____________________ is a place where the compounding of a particular pharmaceutical product according to the unique needs of a patient takes place.

2. The state system of control is responsible for the effectiveness and harmlessness of the _____________________.

3. Nuclear pharmacy mainly prepares radioactive for diagnostic tests and for treating _____________________.

4. Some customers find internet pharmacies more convenient and private method rather than traveling to a community _____________________ full of other people.

5. Compounding pharmacies are special kind of pharmacies where medicines are compounded in accordance with the unique need of a _____________________.

6. _____________________ typically provide medications for the hospitalized patients only, and are not retail establishments.

Exercise 3: Complete the text using the words and phrases:


  prescription service health drugs laboratories chemists shops treatment costs medications pharmaceutical effectiveness preparations    



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