Science technicians assist with experiments and instruct students in correct use of laboratory equipment and safety procedures for laboratory work.

Where science technicians are employed

Science technicians work for mining and exploration firms, government agencies and in education. 

Many technicians work on a subcontract basis in mineral and petroleum exploration. Some are self-employed in small geological contracting companies.


Full-time science technicians in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $1,249 per week.

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Job prospects

Job opportunities depend largely on the level of activity in the mining industry and staff turnover.  Some competition from recent university graduates can be expected as many start their careers as technicians.

In 2011 there were 825 people employed full-time as science technicians in South Australia compared with 928 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a science technician you usually have to complete a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in geoscience.

See courses related to this occupation.

Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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