Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Laboratory Specialist 1, G-18

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

Salary Information

Starting Salary


Career Ladder Information

Salary Information for Laboratory Specialist Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Laboratory Specialist Trainee 1 13 $47,925 $61,330
Laboratory Specialist Trainee 2 14 $50,678 $64,693
Laboratory Specialist 1 18 $63,108 $80,248

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

Job Description

Laboratory Specialists perform a wide range of laboratory sampling, testing, data collection, and analysis activities to advance scientific research and development in specialized fields. Employees use a variety of laboratory techniques and equipment; coordinate laboratory testing and research activities; and/or direct specialized laboratory programs.

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Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's or higher degree in bacteriology, biochemistry, biological science, biology, chemical science, chemistry, environmental biology, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, genetics, medical technology, microbiology, molecular biology, or natural science AND two years of post-degree professional level experience performing laboratory testing or research in specific fields, such as assisting in the scientific examination of specimens or samples using a variety of laboratory techniques and providing technical support to advance research; operating and maintaining complex laboratory instruments and utilizing specialized computer equipment and software; recording, testing, and researching findings and preparing written documents, reports, and presentation materials; and producing and standardizing chemicals, diagnostic reagents, biologic products, media, or tissue culture used for analysis.

How to Apply

The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted