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Lab tech or Chemist?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:20 am
by RyanCaleb
Question for everyone here:

What is your definition of a lab tech vs. that of a chemist?

It really irks me when people refer to me as a lab tech, which to me sounds entry level.

I started doing bench work in 94, and have been doing instrumentation (GC) since 2005.

Case in point: When I was laid off and looking for a job doing GC work, I got a LOT of calls for lab tech positions: "You'd be in charge of complicated scientific equipment doing tests like pH and titrations."

Something online said the difference between the two is chemists have PhDs and lab techs don't.

Weigh in, please. I'd love to hear some feedback.

Thanks,

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

-References
-http://www.chromforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=22198

-explainer video

Re: Lab tech or Chemist?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:47 am
by scramer
Ryan,
These titles are interchanged frequently. I really think each user defines for themselves the exact definition. My opinion has always been that a lab tech works with biological patient samples and has either a associates or bachelors degree. (MLT, MT) Sometimes even a masters degree. A chemist works in a research position and usually has a Masters or PhD degree. However this is my interpretation. I am interested to see what the other members think as well.

Re: Lab tech or Chemist?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:21 am
by ReneeDegutis
Question for everyone here:

What is your definition of a lab tech vs. that of a chemist?

It really irks me when people refer to me as a lab tech, which to me sounds entry level.

I started doing bench work in 94, and have been doing instrumentation (GC) since 2005.

Case in point: When I was laid off and looking for a job doing GC work, I got a LOT of calls for lab tech positions: "You'd be in charge of complicated scientific equipment doing tests like pH and titrations."

Something online said the difference between the two is chemists have PhDs and lab techs don't.

Weigh in, please. I'd love to hear some feedback.

Thanks,

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

-References
-http://www.chromforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=22198
-
- explainer video link


Hello Ryan,

Not necessarily (as for PhDs). Besides, there's an important difference between technicians and technologists. If you mean lab technologist, then you must imply the more complex job and clinical laboratory experiments that require PhD level usually.