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Ella

Science and Technology Technician

School Science, Food Tech, Art, and DT Departments

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  • Case Study »
    • Ella graduated with a BSc(Hons) in chemistry in 2018 and an MRes in Catalysis: Chemistry and Engineering in 2020.
    • She currently works as a Science and Technology Technician in a school.
    • This means she works with the Science, Food Tech, Art, and DT Departments to ensure all the chemicals, ingredients and equipment is prepared for the student’s practical lessons.
    • Her day-to-day job varies a lot, so she does not have a typical day as she works with so many different departments, but that’s what she loves about her job as it constantly changes keeping things new and exciting.

  • Did you know? »
    • Technicians don’t just prepare the chemicals and equipment for the students; they actually get to do the practicals themselves.
  • Routes »

    University: 

    • You will need a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or biomedical science.
    • Some universities offer an extended degree which leads directly to a postgraduate qualification like an MChem or MSci.

    Apprenticeship: 

    • You may be able to do a postgraduate science higher or degree apprenticeship. 
  • Entry Requirements »

    University:

    • 4 or 5 GCSE’s at grades 9 to 4 (A*-C) including Maths, English, and science.
    • 3 A-levels, or equivalent, including a science-based subject such as Chemistry for a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.

    Apprenticeship:

    • 4 or 5 GCSE’s at grades 9 to 4 (A*-C) including Maths and English and A-levels or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Problem solving skills.
    • Being able to work well in a team.
    • Ability to plan effectively.
    • Detail-orientated.
    • Passion for the work.
    • Being self-motivated and able to work independently.
    • Time management.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • The ability to use initiative.
  • 10 reasons why »
    1. You are able to do a lot of new and interesting things you may not have done before.
    2. You get to work with incredible people who are passionate about STEM.
    3. You get to use your love of STEM every day.
    4. As you work in a school, you get school holidays, so you have a lot of extra time to travel.
    5. You get to not only prepare but carry out experiments.
    6. Schools always need Technicians which provides some job security.
    7. You get to go on courses and go to seminars, so you keep learning new things and developing your skill set.
    8. You get to work with students of all ages and help them see why STEM subjects are so incredible and valuable.
    9. If you want to you have the option of teaching further down the line.
    10. You have the opportunity to apply and be added to Professional Registers.

  • Other roles that may interest you »

    Aside from teaching there are so many other technician roles available including roles within industry, such as:

    • Laboratory Technician
    • Dental Technician
    • Hospital Technician
    • Forensic Science Technician
    • Nuclear Technician
    • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician
    • Environmental Engineering Technician
    • Maintenance Technician
    • IT Technician

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My days can be very varied, but this is something I love as I find my days are always interesting and I'm always doing something new.