Lab technicians are scientific and technical professionals who work in a variety of settings to assist medical professionals and scientists. They design and conduct testing according to defined procedures and scientific methods. Lab technicians perform critical functions to support health care and scientific research. It’s a great career to be in. To land your next outstanding lab technician position, you’ll need to have an impressive resume to match your superior experience and skills.
As a highly trained scientific and technical worker, your resume needs to cover all of your knowledge and areas of expertise. The best way to include your skills and proficiencies on your resume is to blend them into your work experiences. Your job descriptions should include your specialty areas such as microbiology, phlebotomy, quality control, analyzing chemical samples, chemistry, and the like.
Lab technicians tend to have a lot of education and training. Make sure to include all your degrees in reverse chronological order (most recent first). You can create a separate section for your certifications, licenses, and other training. If you have a really extensive amount of education and certifications, it’s standard practice to only include the last 10 years’ worth, except for major degrees.
The lab technician resume we provided starts out with a strong introduction. It does an excellent job of encapsulating their career into just a few sentences and includes some of their best skills and important job functions to grab the reader’s attention. This is crucial because hiring managers don’t have much time to read resumes. If you don’t make a good impression right away, then they’ll probably not read the rest of your resume.
Most of the space on your resume will be taken up with your professional experience, unless you’re just starting out. Each description for your previous roles should briefly summarize the job functions that you performed in paragraph form. To showcase your most important activities, contributions, and/or achievements, use bullet points as we did in this example. To add extra impact, use strong action verbs (oversaw, authored, cultivated, created) to start each line item.
To complete the resume, present your education, training, and certifications, focusing on the last 10 years or so. If you have a lot of technical proficiencies, then you can list those terms and names out in a separate section toward the end of the resume. This allows you to save space while including as many of these important details as possible.
Lab technicians need to have a lot of highly technical skills. Include your specialized skills as well as general skills, but don’t make your list too long. Tailor your list of skills to the position that you’re applying for to ensure that your skill set matches up with the role. Here are some great skills for a lab technician’s resume:
Critical-thinking professional with more than seven years’ success contributing to safe, efficient, and compliant laboratory operations. Highly skilled in organizing lab experiments and coordinating receipt, handling, preparation, and transport of specimens and samples for student research. Effective liaison between faculty, administrators, and lab personnel, with broad-based knowledge of regulatory standards for lab safety, sanitation, hazardous waste handling, and risk mitigation.
Employment history example
Biomedical Laboratory Technician at Texas A&M University, McAllen, TX 2020 - Present
Enabled faculty and students to conduct successful laboratory experiments and therefore advance scientific discovery by preparing samples for testing and analysis, maintaining biomedical laboratory facilities, and overseeing all laboratory schedules and operations for up to six classes daily. Sanitize, operate, and maintain laboratory tools and equipment, including biosafety cabinets, fume hoods, centrifuges, microscopes, air ovens, NMR & IR machines, and incubators. Perform quality analysis and control of solutions and reagents for testing. Culture and sterilize BSL 1 and BSL 2 agents to prep for experiments. Educate students on use of BIOPAC research system.
Oversaw the safe receipt, transport, storage, and disposal of samples as well as chemical and biological waste; utilized autoclave to sterilize glassware, microbiology media, and biohazard material.
Proactively communicated issues to university and vendors, ensuring swift repair or replacement of key laboratory supplies and equipment.
Authored standard operating practices for laboratory experiments and equipment maintenance.
Cultivated a safety-focused laboratory environment by interviewing and rigorously training student workers.
Laboratory Specialist at South Texas College, McAllen, Texas 2017 - 2020
Played instrumental role in laboratory operations by organizing weekly lab activities, creating lab schedules, and providing required lab equipment and materials for student experiments. Collaborated extensively between laboratory manager, instructors, administrators, and other personnel in coordinating daily lab operations, sanitizing surfaces and equipment, and preparing reagents and solutions for Biology laboratories. Assisted instructors in lab instruction and operation during classes. Cultured and maintained non-pathogenic and pathogenic bacteria. Utilized autoclave machine to sterilize bacterial media and equipment. Coordinated ordering, receipt, storage, and stocking of parts, materials, supplies, and equipment. Ensured proper handling and disposal of waste in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
Assisted in interviewing, onboarding, and training new laboratory staff.
Created training and instructional aids for aids, instructors, and students.
Master of Business Administration in Business Administration at the National American University.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership at South Texas College.
Associate of Science in Biology at South Texas College.
BSL 2, Global Harmonized System (GHS), Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens, OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety and Health, Hazardous Waste Regulatory Training.
Lab Operations Coordination
Safety and Sanitation
Lab Inventory Management
Equipment and Supply Purchasing
BSL1 and BSL 2 Agents
Biological Material Handling
SOPs and Instructional Guides
Garland is a writer and technology consultant that lives in far west Texas, USA. He is semi-retired from a successful 25-year career in the Information Technology industry, and now spends his time writing for various websites (mostly career development related). Garland holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, and a master’s degree in Economics and Computer Information Systems.