Laboratory workers assist scientists, engineers, technical officers and other laboratory staff by collecting and preparing samples, carrying out experiments, making measurements with scientific equipment, recording results and presenting results for critical analysis.
A laboratory manager undertakes duties similar to, but more complex than, those of laboratory workers. They generally have more responsibility at work and may also supervise other staff.
Laboratory workers work in the field, on the process-production line and in the laboratory. They may work in a team or alone.
Depending on the type of laboratory, they may handle dangerous or hazardous materials and as such, safety awareness and compliance with regulations is important. Protective clothing and equipment is usually provided.