Biological technicians work for biologists or other researchers engaged in the study of living organisms. The most prominent field for this kind of work is medical research, and many biological technicians work assisting doctors or scientists studying the effect of new medications or treatments on animals or smaller organisms. Biological technicians working in biotech firms apply their skills to research that may include gene splicing and work with DNA.
Most biological technicians hold a bachelor's degree in biology or a field related to their area of research. Science at the research level, particularly when it involves living organisms, is sufficiently complex that thorough knowledge of the biological processes and potential impact involved in theresearch is a must.
There were nearly eighty thousand biological technicians working in the U.S. in 2006, according to the Department of Labor. They worked forgovernment agencies, pharmaceutical companies, professional or scientific services firms, or in educational/research services.
Job growth in the biology technician field is expected to be brisk, with greater job growth than the average projected growth for jobs overall. The building momentum of biotechnology in many areas of medicine and science is going to lead to more industry jobs and more professional opportunitieson the regulatory side.
Lowest 10% $24,530
Median Salary $38,400
Highest 10% $62,260
Source: U.S. Department of Labor