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The scientific services industry is vast, with many different sectors of work, employing a large variety of specialist scientists. Across all areas of the scientific services, scientists will be working in laboratories that need to be meticulously clean, and well-run. Professions within scientific technical support work to ensure that laboratories are run smoothly, experiments keep on track and that scientists have the assistance they need to deal with their workload.
Scientific technical support roles cover the whole scientific services industry. Support scientists and technicians can work in a variety of places such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories and research centres. Scientific technical support is intertwined with both medical science and research and development, as both sectors require assistants to help with either the technical aspects of the experiments, or the administrative side of things.
Workers in this sector must have a good range of practical, technical and organisational skills, even though there are lower entry requirements than in the other scientific services. The sector skills council SEMTA has reported a shortage of technical skills in the workforce, so whilst most professions and employers may not require higher educational qualifications, taking a relevant practical course or apprenticeship will improve employment prospects.
The jobs within this area are very science-based, so an interest in science and an analytical mind are sought after attributes. Scientific technical support jobs are highly valued roles within the scientific services, as without them, scientific experiments, discoveries and breakthroughs would be a lot harder to come by.