Laboratory Technician

Grade 09

New York State has approximately 47 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Laboratory Technician

    Grade 09

  2. Senr Laboratory Technician

    Grade 12

Summary of Job Description

As a Laboratory Technician, you would perform a variety of technical laboratory procedures in diagnostic, food, research and other laboratories. Depending upon your specific assignment, your duties might include performing such functions as: water and/or environmental chemistries; analysis of hazardous materials; virological determinations; radiation counts; microscopic, serologic, and/or immunologic examinations; standard bacteriological examinations; testing foods by common methods for contamination or adulteration; preparing media cultures, reagents, stains, and solutions; keeping manual or computerized records; the collection of samples from different matrixes; assisting in research and carrying out other duties as required, including possibly assisting in autopsy/necropsy procedures under the direction of a pathologist. You may be responsible for maintaining daily order and cleanliness of the laboratory by performing such tasks as glassware washing, benchtop and hood cleaning, and maintaining order and inventory of laboratory supplies and chemicals. You may also be required to perform cleaning of specialized pieces of equipment and maintaining records of such to ensure the ready state of such specialized equipment.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the examination date, the candidate must have either:

1. 60 college semester credit hours which includes at least 18 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics, health science, or science technology;


2. two years of professional experience in either a laboratory or a clinical setting performing technical laboratory test and procedures.


3. 30 college semester credit hours which includes at least 18 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics, health science or science technology AND one year of experience described in #2 above.


4. an associate's degree or higher in biology, chemistry, physics, health science, or science technology.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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