Agricultural Lab Technician

Research and Development

Health, Safety and Environment

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Live in the serene peace of laboratories and libraries.

Louis Pasteur
Agricultural Lab Technician

Shae-Lynn Baehler SGS Canada Inc.

In A Nutshell

I use lab equipment to process samples that customers give us

I help write reports about our findings that farmers can use to help them produce their crops and animals

I do experimental tests to help the world have a better understanding of the science behind the agricultural industry 

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Potential Salary Range

$26,000 - 68,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan

The lab is definitely a unique workplace. We keep it extremely clean, and it’s a really cool learning and scientific space for testing and experiments. 

Workplace

Indoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Set up and clean equipment that is used in experiments
  • Collect and organize specimens and samples from farmers
  • Do scientific tests on samples like tissues and foods
  • Carry out experimental procedures like sample collections and analysis
  • Do calculations using math and prepare graphs with data
  • Help write lab reports to summarize the results of the tests and experiments

Education & Training

  • A university degree in laboratory science or a related field is required for this position   
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Job Outlook

    The outlook for this position across most of Canada is considered fair to good. This means that there will likely be approximately the same number of job openings as there are people to fill them 

Related School Subjects

Science
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Research Data Experimenting Reports

Important Skills

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Detail-Oriented

Lab work often involves finding and analyzing very specific things in samples; attention to detail is a very important part of the job

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Computer & Technological

Modern lab equipment uses lots of cool technology; if you enjoy working with tech and computers, this might just be the job for you!

Independence

A lot of the work I do while I’m processing samples or analyzing results is solo work, so it’s beneficial to be someone who likes working independently  

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Detail-Oriented

The end goal for a lot of what our lab does is research; lab technicians usually have a curiousity and drive to uncover scientific truths that inspire them in their job

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Routine Work
Continuous Learning
Improves and Protects the Environment
Independent Work