Day in the Life
work under a wide variety of conditions. Most work indoors, usually in
laboratories, and have regular hours. Some occasionally work irregular
hours to monitor experiments that cannot be completed during regular
working hours. Production technicians often work in 8-hour shifts around
Advances in automation
and information technology require technicians to operate more
sophisticated laboratory equipment. Science technicians make extensive
use of computers, electronic measuring equipment, and traditional
technicians may be exposed to hazards from equipment, chemicals, or
toxic materials. Chemical technicians sometimes work with toxic
chemicals or radioactive isotopes.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.