Biological Technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments. Biological Technicians, sometimes called laboratory assistants, typically are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists (such as microbiologists) or medical scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments.

They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians, such as those who assist the work of zoologists and wildlife biologists, may collect samples in the field, so they may need the ability to hike rugged terrain or otherwise travel through wilderness areas.

Biological Technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by administering new medicines and treatments to laboratory animals. They may separate proteins from other cell material, and analyze data from an experiment.

Recruiter & Staffing Needs


Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive the latest news for your industry.

Biological Technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments. Biological Technicians, sometimes called laboratory assistants, typically are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists (such as microbiologists) or medical scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments.

They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians, such as those who assist the work of zoologists and wildlife biologists, may collect samples in the field, so they may need the ability to hike rugged terrain or otherwise travel through wilderness areas.

Biological Technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by administering new medicines and treatments to laboratory animals. They may separate proteins from other cell material, and analyze data from an experiment.

Recruiter & Staffing Needs


Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive the latest news for your industry.

Job Prospects


Applicants who have laboratory experience, either through coursework or through previous work experience, should have the best opportunities.

Employment projections data for biological technicians, 2016-26


Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric
Biological Technicians 19-4021 82,100 90,400 10 8,400 xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment projections data for biological technicians, 2016-26


Occupational Title
Biological Technicians
SOC Code
19-4021
Employment, 2016
82,100
Projected Employment, 2026
90,400
CHANGE, 2016-26
PERCENT
10
NUMERIC
8,400
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Pay


The median annual wage for biological technicians was $43,800 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,120, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $70,560.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for biological technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:


Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $48,300
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences $46,420
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; State, Local, and Private $44,000
Hospitals; State, Local, and Private $43,670
Federal Government, Excluding Postal Service $37,830

Most biological technicians work full time and keep regular hours.

Biological Technicians


Median annual wages, May 2017


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Job Outlook


Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Greater demand for biological and medical research is expected to increase the need for these workers.

Biotechnology research plays a key role in scientific advancements that improve people’s quality of life. One new area of biotechnology, synthetic biology, will employ biological technicians in attempts to redesign biological systems or living organisms to produce useful things, such as chemicals, in more efficient ways than are currently used. New applications of biotechnology may be the subject of research topics ranging from new ways to produce biofuels to providing new treatments for diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Biological Technicians


Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Run Your First Background Check for Biological Technicians




Similar Occupations


  Occupational Title Job duties Entry-Level education 2017 Median pay
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists by performing duties such as measuring and analyzing the quality of food and agricultural products. Associate's Degree $39,910
Biochemists and Biophysicists Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease. Doctoral or Professional Degree $91,190
Chemical Technicians Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes. Associate's Degree $47,280
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. Associate's Degree $45,490
Epidemiologists Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy. Master's Degree $69,660
Forensic Science Technicians Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis. Bachelor's Degree $57,850
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. See How to Become One $51,770
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
JOB DUTIES
Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists by performing duties such as measuring and analyzing the quality of food and agricultural products.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
Associate's Degree
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$39,910
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Biochemists and Biophysicists
JOB DUTIES
Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
Doctoral or Professional Degree
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$91,190
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Chemical Technicians
JOB DUTIES
Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
Associate's Degree
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$47,280
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
JOB DUTIES
Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
Associate's Degree
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$45,490
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Epidemiologists
JOB DUTIES
Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
Master's Degree
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$69,660
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Forensic Science Technicians
JOB DUTIES
Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
Bachelor's Degree
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$57,850
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
JOB DUTIES
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.
ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION
See How to Become One
2017 MEDIAN PAY
$51,770

Professional Recruiter and Staffing Organizations


  • National Association of Personnel Services
  • Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals
  • American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment
  • National Association of Executive Recruiters
  • National Association for Health Care Recruitment
  • Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association
  • American Staffing Association
  • Top Echelon Recruiting Network

Get pricing for your background checks

Nationwide employment background screening services

Number of checks per month?

Enter a valid number
Background Reports

Calculating...

Loading Done

0%

Background Reports

Step1

: Quote Prepared

Next

: View Prices

Enter your contact information below to view prices and receive your quotes now.

  • Fast & accurate
  • Safe, secure & easy
  • NAPBS Accredited & FCRA Compliant
By clicking "Get My Quotes" I verify that I am over 18 and I have read and agree to the important consent language below.
I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I agree that any legal disclosures and other information about my legal rights and duties may be distributed to me electronically. Clicking the "Get My Quotes" button is my digital signature and consent to allow moving companies, brokers and companies that offer other products or services to contact me, regardless of previous registration on any federal or state do-not-call lists or any opt-out/unsubscribe requests submitted previously. I authorize contact via emails, text or SMS messages and phone calls using automatic dialing systems and prerecorded messages to the telephone number I entered, even if it is a mobile phone. I can choose not to click the "Get My Quotes" if I do not want to receive calls or messages from various companies. By giving my consent, I understand I am not making a purchase and my consent is not a condition of purchase, but it is my responsibility to evaluate, research and select any carrier or other company that I choose to do business with.