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Laboratory Managers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Laboratory Managers take charge of one or more groups/sections and the laboratory testing and development work. Their duties include manage and supervise the subordinates to carry out daily technical operations and tests; develop and review new testing procedures and methods; execute and direct training programmes; and re-check the testing reports prepared by the subordinates.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Trade Specific Competencies

Professional knowledge and skills in laboratory testing

Laboratory Managers must be able to apply specialist knowledge of laboratory testing to ensure testing results are correct and reliable.

Professional knowledge and skills in laboratory operation

Laboratory Managers must be able to perform a high level of organisational and management skills in laboratory operation.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have a higher diploma or a degree or above in testing and certification or applied science


  • at least 5 years' relevant work experience is required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$15,000

Monthly Salary $15,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$50,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Laboratory Managers sometimes work overtime to monitor the project's progress, or to ensure deadlines are met.


  • Computers with project management software
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Chemical centrifuges; High-speed centrifuges; Tabletop centrifuges
  • Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters; Oxygen bomb calorimeters
  • Dropping pipettes — Micropipettes; Pipettes
  • Extracting equipment for laboratories — Microdistillation ovens; Microwave digestion systems
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Nanoscopes; Scanning tunnelling microscopes STM
  • Spectrometers — Luminescence spectrometers; Ultraviolet-visible spectrometers
  • Titration equipment — Autotitrators; Karl Fischer titrators; Titrators
  • Vacuum or rotary evaporators — Distillation ovens; Rotary evaporators
  • Flow sensors
  • Frequency analysers — Spectrum analysers
  • Multimeters
  • Pressure sensors
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Thermal conductivity analysers — Thermal validation systems

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