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Research Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Research Technician assists with a research program or project. Works in a variety of fields within science or the social sciences, in programs based at a university or research institution, or works on government or industry sponsored research projects. Conducts field or library research or recruits participants for a study; may also assist with legal research.

Job Outlook

There were 449 Research Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 9921 in the United States.

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Many new Research 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.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $51,382.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,729.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Research Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,347.

Education and Experience

Posted Research 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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree59.56%
Master's Degree12.29%
Doctoral Degree5.74%

Posted Research 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 years70.92%
3 to 5 years24.6%
6 to 8 years3.15%
9+ years1.33%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Research 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 (89.93%)
  • Communication (32.98%)
  • Detail Oriented (22.9%)
  • Management (18.57%)
  • Writing (18.26%)
  • Operations (13.83%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (13.45%)
  • Organizational Skills (12.82%)
  • Microsoft Excel (11.19%)
  • Computer Literacy (10.74%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Molecular Biology (25.07%)
  • Biology (45.05%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Laboratory Procedures (8.94%)
  • Laboratory Experience (22.07%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (27.84%)
  • Animal Husbandry (10.14%)
  • Tissue Culture (9.27%)
  • Clinical Research (7.69%)
  • Cell Biology (12.53%)
  • Biochemical Assays (18.95%)
  • Chemistry (15.03%)
  • Biochemistry (16.44%)
  • Cell Cultures (17.95%)
  • Reagent (10.68%)
  • Data Entry (10.82%)
  • Data Collection (19.13%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (9.57%)
  • Data Analysis (16.45%)
  • Laboratory Techniques (12.41%)
  • Physics (4.87%)
  • Western Blot (8.79%)
  • Project Management (3.64%)
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (15.13%)
  • Research Experiences (12.13%)
  • Ribonucleic Acid Sequencing (9.64%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Genotyping (8.07%)
  • Molecular Cloning (3.1%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Laboratory Research Technician
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Animal Research Technician
  • Biological Research Technician
  • Clinical Research Technician
  • Medical Research Technician
  • Building Systems Engineer
  • Neuroscience Research Assistant
  • Pharmacy 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 Research Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (244)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (232)
  • University of Pittsburgh (209)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (194)
  • Mass General Brigham (188)
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center (185)
  • Baylor College of Medicine (164)
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (159)
  • University Of Michigan (156)
  • Actalent (151)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (100)
  • North Carolina State University (73)
  • Duke University (62)
  • North Carolina State Of (17)
  • East Carolina University (13)
  • Eurofins (9)
  • Appalachian State University (8)
  • Atrium Health (7)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (7)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (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!