Biological Technician Career

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Biological Technician

Career Area: Science and Research

Occupation Group: Scientific Technicians

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Biological Technician earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $37,042

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $41,645

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

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.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina310+15.5%
Nationwide10778+10.1%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Biological Technician is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Molecular Biology: Working experience of Molecular Biology. Molecular biology is a branch of biochemistry which concerns the molecular basis of biological activity between biomolecules in the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA, and proteins and their biosynthesis, as well as the regulation of these interactions.
  • Experiments: An experiment is a procedure carried out to support, refute, or validate a hypothesis.
  • Biology: Biology is the natural science that involves the study of life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution.
  • Cell Culturing: Cell culture is the process by which cells are grown under controlled conditions, generally outside of their natural environment.
  • Biochemistry: Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Biological Technician that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Immunohistochemistry: Working experience of Immunohistochemistry, which involves the process of selectively imaging antigens (proteins) in cells of a tissue section by exploiting the principle of antibodies binding specifically to antigens in biological tissues
  • Laboratory Research: A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific or technological research, experiments, and measurement may be performed.
  • Transfection: Transfection is the process of deliberately introducing naked or purified nucleic acids into eukaryotic cells.
  • DNA Extraction: Working experience of DNA Extraction. DNA isolation is a process of purification of DNA from sample using a combination of physical and chemical methods.
  • RNA Isolation: Working experience of RNA Isolation, which is the purification of RNA from biological samples.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree49%
Master's Degree21%
Doctoral Degree6%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years65%
3 to 5 years29%
6 to 8 years4%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Microbiology Technician
  • Research Associate I

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