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Biological Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Biological Technician 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 556 Biological Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 15224 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 2015:

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 $58,882.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $58,517.

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 $41,906.

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 Degree13.76%
Bachelor's Degree38.93%
Master's Degree10.28%
Doctoral Degree7.21%
Other24.29%

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 years68.87%
3 to 5 years23.26%
6 to 8 years4.72%
9+ years3.15%

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.

  • Communication (25.37%)
  • Research (21.74%)
  • Management (21.22%)
  • Operations (16.02%)
  • Detail Oriented (13.54%)
  • Quality Control (11.87%)
  • Writing (10.78%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (9.01%)
  • Computer Literacy (8.95%)
  • Microsoft Excel (8.78%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Biology (55.83%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Cell Cultures (12.5%)
  • Biotechnology (7.66%)
  • Data Analysis (12.65%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (5.3%)
  • Biochemistry (7.81%)
  • Life Sciences (5.41%)
  • Data Collection (7.76%)
  • Molecular Biology (9.12%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (13.88%)
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) (5.62%)
  • Microbiology (24.17%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (13.91%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (18.21%)
  • Chemistry (17.45%)
  • Laboratory Experience (12.13%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Microbiology Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Extraction Technician
  • Molecular Technologist
  • Advanced Technology Specialist
  • Biological Field Technician
  • Wildlife Biological Science Technician
  • Bioprocess Associate

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

  • Actalent (438)
  • The Estée Lauder Companies (334)
  • Western Ecosystems Technology (173)
  • Kelly Services (140)
  • Eurofins (138)
  • State of California (127)
  • National Park Service (117)
  • Agricultural Research Service (112)
  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service (108)
  • Getsales (97)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (16)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (13)
  • Tempus (12)
  • University of North Carolina (11)
  • Zenex Partners (9)
  • Duke University (9)
  • The Estée Lauder Companies (9)
  • K&A Recruiting (8)
  • The Judge Group (7)
  • Biogen (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!