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BIOTECHNOLOGY CAREER INFORMATION

Biotechnology

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Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Biological technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes
  • Gather and prepare samples of substances, such as blood, food, or bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct biological tests and experiments 
  • Document their work, including procedures, observations, and results
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results
  • Write reports that summarize their findings

Most biological technicians work on teams. Typically, technicians are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments and advanced robotics and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data.  

Biological technicians work in many areas of research. They may assist with medical research by helping develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.
Biological technicians who work in microbiology, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, studying living organisms and infectious agents.

Technicians working in biotechnology apply the knowledge and techniques they have gained from basic research to product development.

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

 United States

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Biological Technicians

80,200

91,100

+14%

3,790

California

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Biological Technicians

10,600

13,100

+24%

620

Wage data:

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$11.99

$14.77

$18.76

$24.10

$30.24

Yearly

$24,900

$30,700

$39,000

$50,100

$62,900

California

Hourly

$13.35

$16.31

$21.28

$28.39

$36.51

Yearly

$27,800

$33,900

$44,300

$59,100

$75,900

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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