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Biological Technicians

Biological Technicians
Quick Facts : Biological Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$39,020
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201280,200
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change10,900

Biochemists and biophysicists need a Ph.D. to work in independent research and development positions. Most Ph.D. holders begin their careers in a temporary postdoctoral research position, which typically lasts 2 to 3 years. Bachelor?s and master?s degree holders are qualified for some entry-level positions in biochemistry and biophysics.

What Biological Technicians Do

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes
  • Gather and prepare samples of substances, such as blood, food, or bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis
  • Document their work, including procedures, observations, and results
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results
  • Write reports that summarize their findings

Work Environment

Biological technicians typically work in laboratories. Most biological technicians work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of biological technicians is projected to increase 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as a greater demand for biotechnology research is expected to also increase.
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In May 2010 the average salary of biological technicians was $39,020.
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Becoming a Biological Technicians

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.
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