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Education technician

Education technicians support teachers and lecturers of science, art, IT or design and technology by preparing equipment and materials, and helping in practical lessons.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £28,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but you'll usually need GCSEs (A* to C) or equivalent in English, maths and science. You may also need A levels or a degree.

Experience of working with students and knowledge of scientific or art and design techniques could help you get a job.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You'll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills in science, art, IT or design and technology
  • the ability to safely use and maintain technical equipment
  • planning and organisational skills

3. What you'll do

You could work in schools, colleges or universities.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • delivering, setting up and checking equipment
  • making sure rooms and resources meet health and safety rules
  • supporting teachers and students during lessons
  • putting away equipment after lessons
  • managing equipment, supplies and budgets
  • repairing, maintaining and modifying equipment and teaching aids

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £24,000

Highly Experienced: £28,500

You may only get paid for working in term time and receive a percentage of these salaries.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work around 37.5 hours a week. Start and finish times can vary and evening or weekend work may be required. Many jobs are term time only.

You'll spend most of your time in teaching rooms, studios or laboratories. The job will usually involve carrying equipment between different rooms. You may need to wear protective clothing.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could become a senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory or studio manager. You could also train as a teacher.

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Last updated: 12 April 2017