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Biological Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Assists biologists and medical scientists working in labs. Operates lab equipment, monitors experiments, records results and observations. Uses computer software to collect and analyze data.

Job Outlook

There were 411 Biological Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 12724 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biological Technician industry, which includes the Biological Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Biological Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $49,724.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $41,695.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Biological Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $36,490.

Education and Experience

Posted Biological Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree11%
Bachelor's Degree41%
Master's Degree28%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other18%

Posted Biological Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years70%
3 to 5 years26%
6 to 8 years3%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Biological Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (72%)
  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Organizational Skills (28%)
  • Detail-Oriented (27%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Molecular Biology (40%)
  • Experiments (39%)
  • Biology (38%)
  • Cell Culturing (25%)
  • Biochemistry (25%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • DNA (18%)
  • Microbiology (16%)
  • Chemistry (16%)
  • Data Analysis (14%)
  • Immunology (14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Botany (5%)
  • Transfection (5%)
  • RNA Isolation (5%)
  • DNA Extraction (4%)
  • Immunohistochemistry (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Biological Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Research Associate
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Research Technician
  • Microbiology Technician

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Biological Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Meridian Bird Removal (219)
  • Forest Service (204)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (195)
  • National Park Service (192)
  • University Of California (183)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (53)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (29)
  • Critter Control Of The Triangle (18)
  • Duke University (16)
  • North Carolina State University (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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