Biological Technicians

General Information

Description

Assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit61.43%
  2. State and local government15.69%
  3. Federal government10.13%
  4. Private, not for profit8.73%
  5. Self-employed3.50%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 11,800 openings for biological technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$46,340

State-by-state Salary

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$65,380
$33,300
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 48%
  • Master's degree 29%
  • Post baccalaureate 14%
  • Doctoral degree 2%
  • High school 1%
  • Some college 1%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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