Biological Technician

Biological Technicians are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work.

 

Sample of Reported Job Titles

Biological Technician, Research Associate, Laboratory Technician, Biological Science Laboratory Technician, Research Specialist, Research Assistant, Research Technician, Environmental Technician, Resource Biologist, Wildlife Biology Technician

 

Summary

Most biological technicians work on teams. Typically, technicians are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments and advanced robotics and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data.

Biological technicians work in many areas of research. They may assist with medical research by helping develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.Biological technicians who work in microbiology, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, studying living organisms and infectious agents. Technicians working in biotechnology apply the knowledge and techniques they have gained from basic research to product development.

 

Educational Requirements

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.

 

Median Salary (2012)

$39,750

 

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Bureau of Labor Statistics-Biological Technicians

 

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