- knowledge of biology
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- concentration skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent written communication skills
- complex problem-solving skills
- maths knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Depending on your chosen area, you may:
- test for diseases like Legionnaires' disease and food poisoning
- screen and test for infectious diseases like rubella or hepatitis
- analyse blood for disease and monitor organ function
- support the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
- screen for blood abnormalities and diseases, like anaemia and leukaemia
- process and analyse tissue samples from operations and autopsies
- use specialist procedures like cell culture to detect cancer
- routinely test fluid and tissue samples like cervical smear tests
- update paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a university, at a research facility or in a laboratory.
With experience, you could move into research, training and education, product development and commerce.
In the NHS, you could work as a team leader, specialist, manager or professional manager with further training and qualifications.