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Salary Range
€38k - €65k
Career Zone

In Brief...

Manages all aspects of the laboratory service in chemical, research or clinical laboratories and ensures appropriate staffing, equipment, quality and safety.


  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

In Summary - Laboratory Manager

Career Sectors

Laboratory Managers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Chemical Science
Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science
Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science
Drug Discovery and Development
Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science
Research and Development
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech
Medical Devices
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech

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The Work - Laboratory Manager

A Laboratory Manager manages all aspects of the laboratory service in chemical, research or clinical laboratories and ensures appropriate staffing, equipment, quality and safety for accreditation by the Irish National Accreditation Board.

Laboratory Managers, also known as Senior Lab Technicians are responsible for overseeing the work activities and personnel of a scientific laboratory. Laboratory managers are responsible for organising and controlling all aspects of a laboratory environment.

Laboratory Managers could be involved in a variety of research projects such as diagnosing diseases, measuring levels of pollution or developing new products. 

A laboratory manager performs a variety of general and laboratory-specific administrative duties. He/She usually evaluates and hires job applicants, and organises or administers training and laboratory orientation. 

Work involves making risk assessments for the laboratory and ensuring that the company's Health & Safety policy is adhered to as well as keeping track of all laboratory equipment and materials.

Work also involves assisting staff, students or others by providing lab equipment instructions or procedural guidance. The lab Manager must anticipate potential problems and help staff to resolve them as they occur to get back on schedule. A laboratory manager also consult or arrange staff consultations with experts from various fields whose knowledge can help with the completion of work tasks.

Lab Managers act as an interface between the client and laboratory staff and may be required to create and follow a budget. 

An important aspect of a Lab Manager's work is ensuring the proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials. 

Maintenance usually involves inspection, cleaning, calibration, testing and repair of lab equipment; and organisation and cleaning of the lab, including preparation and storage rooms. If necessary, the laboratory manager will contact vendors to provide maintenance services.

A Lab Manager will also determine when the laboratory needs to be open for students or researchers. 


Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Confer with scientists, engineers, regulators, or others to plan or review projects or to provide technical assistance.
  • Develop client relationships and communicate with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications, or discuss project status.
  • Plan or direct research, development, or production activities.
  • Prepare project proposals.
  • Design or coordinate successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, or testing.
  • Review project activities and prepare and review research, testing, or operational reports.
  • Hire, supervise, or evaluate engineers, technicians, researchers, or other staff.
  • Determine scientific or technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.
  • Develop or implement policies, standards, or procedures for the architectural, scientific, or technical work performed to ensure regulatory compliance or operations enhancement.
  • Develop innovative technology or train staff for its implementation.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Interests - Laboratory Manager

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


Good practical and technical skills are essential for this position. Attention to detail is necessary as well as an inquisitive and analytical mind.

Good organisational skills are key in order to plan the team's workload and meet tight deadlines. 

Strong problem solving, maths and IT skills are vital as are communication skills in order to delegate work to the team and to communicate research findings with colleagues.

For work in some laboratories (especially for companies that make dyes and pigments) you may be tested for colour vision.

Entry Requirements - Laboratory Manager

Pay & Salary - Laboratory Manager

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €38k - €65k

Laboratory Manager: 45 - 65
Laboratory Supervisor: 38 - 60

Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Hudson

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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