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Education Technician Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Education Technician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Education Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Education Technician Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Technicians in education prepare equipment and materials for classes at various levels from primary and secondary pupils to college and university students.

Technicians could be involved in all areas of science (biology, chemistry and physics) or specialise in a single subject. This would include the following tasks:

  • setting up, delivering and checking equipment for classes
  • preparing and testing solutions
  • taking part in demonstrations
  • helping in practical classes
  • giving technical assistance to students
  • clearing away equipment after use
  • organising and storing equipment
  • stocktaking of chemicals and equipment
  • repairing equipment and controlling stock.

They could also be involved with computers and new technologies and other activities outside the science department.

Hours and Environment

Working hours are usually 9am - 4pm, but about half of technicians working in education work part-time, and may leave earlier than this. Term-time working is also common.Working conditions can vary, but much time is spent in a laboratory, IT room and preparation room based within schools, colleges or universities.

Skills and Interests

As an educational technician, you will need:

  • an interest, and ability, in science
  • practical skills
  • to be able to use technical equipment
  • flexibility and adaptability, as you are likely to be working for a number of people who may be working on different experiments
  • good communication skills
  • team work skills, as you will be working alongside teachers and lecturers.


There are no set minimum academic qualifications, but most employers ask for GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) in English, maths and at least one science subject. Education technicians may also have A levels/H grades or equivalent qualifications in science subjects. About 40% of technicians have a higher national certificate/diploma, or a degree in science or technological subjects.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


There are NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Laboratory Technicians Working in Education.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are around 5,000 schools and colleges employing technicians, as well as universities.

There is no clear career structure, and opportunities for promotion are often limited. It is possible to progress to senior technician or laboratory manager, and some may train to become a teacher.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

New entrants earn around £8,000.
Experienced technicians earn around £10,000 to £14,000.
Senior technicians can earn over £14,000.

Further information

Association for Science Education
College Lane
AL10 9AA
Tel: 01707 283000

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

Other Useful Education Technician Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Education Technician job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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