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Lab Technician Career Profile— Female, age 25 (ID #4200)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Lab Technician do?

  What field is your job in?


  What is your job title?

Lab Technician

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

Research at Florida State University

  How long have you been employed in this position?

~2 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?


  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

Maintenance of lab supplies, extraction, amplification and sequencing of elasmobranch tissues, undergraduate supervision and training.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

4 hours sick leave, 4 hours vacation time per pay period, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?


2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

I work alone and I dislike this because it gets very lonely.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

Lab with no windows, very cold AC and asbestos in the building!

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 6 Income
  • 2 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 3 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 7 Benefits
  • 4 Hours
  • 5 Level of responsibility
  • 1 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 8 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

get a degree in a natural science and participate in undergraduate research opportunities to increase their experience.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

Attention to detail Need to be accurate with your work - small mistakes can be very costly Technical lab skills and understanding of scientific concepts

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

Yes - this is not a job that a person who is not trained in biological techniques could do.

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

Keep excellent notes and take your time with every thing you do.

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