Life Science Technician



OFO No: 314101





Other names for Life Science Technician:

  • Bacteriology Technician
  • Biochemistry Technician
  • Biological Technical Officer
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Botanical Technical Officer
  • Entomology Technician
  • Fisheries Technical Officer
  • Herbarium Technician
  • Life Sciences Laboratory Technologist
  • Marine Biology Technician
  • Maxillofacial Technician
  • Microbiology Technician
  • Pharmacology Technician
  • Physiology Technologist
  • Serology Technician
  • Tissue Culture Technician
  • Zoology Technical Officer


What is a Life Science Technician?

A Life Science Technician studies living organisms.

These living organisms can be:

  •     Micro-organisms
  •     Plant
  •     Animal
  •     Human

A Life Science Technician studies organisms to try and improve our quality of life. They could develop a cure or improve the quality of food we eat or develop ways of preventing the extinction of certain animals, etc. 

They can work in the following industries:

  •     Agriculture or food science
  •     Medical or pharmaceutical

Life Science Technicians can specialise in many different fields. There are approximately 60 or more that they can specialise in, from neuro-science to botany to pathology to zoology. 

What does a Life Science Technician do?

  •     they do tons of research
  •     work in laboratory
  •     experiment and test
  •     carry out field work
  •     document information
  •     write reports
  •     teach or lecture
  •     share information with various organisations /companies etc
  •     attend conferences
  •     keeping up to date with technology

Are you . . . ?

  •     scientifically minded?
  •     accurate?
  •     patient?
  •     self-motivated?
  •     curious?
  •     passionate?
  •     dedicated?

How do I become a Life Science Technician? 


National Diploma in Life Sciences

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Vaal University of Technology


National Certificate in Life Sciences (NQF Level 5)


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Biotechnologist or Optometrist

Is becoming a Life Science Technician the right career choice for me?