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Working As A Laboratory Monitor

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $70,447

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Monitor Do

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

Duties

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 biological samples, such as blood, food, and 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. Biological technicians typically 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, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians collect samples in the field, so they may need certain skills, such as the ability to hike long distances over sometimes rugged terrain to collect water samples.

Biological technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by helping to develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.

Biological technicians working in a microbiological context, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, typically study living microbes and perform techniques specific to microbiology, such as growing cultures in petri dishes or staining specimens to aid in their identification.

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

Biological technicians also may work in private industry and assist in the study of a wide range of topics concerning mining and industrial production. They may test samples in environmental impact studies, or monitor production processes to help ensure that products are not contaminated.

Biological technicians working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other government agencies may perform biological testing to support agricultural research and wildlife and resource management goals.

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How To Become A Laboratory Monitor

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.

Education

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.

Advancement

Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Laboratory Monitor Career Paths

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Business Development Manager
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Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Library Assistant Specialist Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Monitor Project Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Project Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Monitor Program Manager Business Developer
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Photographer Specialist Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Barista Office Manager General Manager
President/Chief Executive Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Editor Account Executive Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Office Manager Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Instructor Research Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Photographer Delivery Driver Service Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Library Assistant Security Officer Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Barista Delivery Driver Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
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Laboratory Monitor Demographics

Gender

Female

50.9%

Male

46.3%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

French

9.9%

German

7.6%

Vietnamese

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Chinese

4.6%

Japanese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Portuguese

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Hmong

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Telugu

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Wolof

0.8%

Catalan

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Berber

0.8%
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Laboratory Monitor Education

Schools

Iowa State University

13.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.6%

University of Iowa

7.5%

Full Sail University

5.9%

University of Connecticut

5.4%

Keene State College

5.4%

University of Southern Indiana

5.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.0%

University of North Texas

4.6%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

Champlain College

3.3%

University of Rhode Island

3.3%

University of Northern Iowa

3.3%

Columbus College of Art and Design

3.3%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

Florida State University

3.3%

Mississippi State University

3.3%

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

3.3%
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Majors

Graphic Design

16.9%

Fine Arts

13.9%

Photography

13.3%

Computer Science

8.4%

Psychology

6.0%

Business

4.1%

Communication

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

3.2%

Animation

3.0%

Design And Visual Communication

2.9%

Music

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Biology

2.3%

English

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Political Science

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Geography

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

68.1%

Other

11.2%

Masters

10.3%

Associate

8.0%

Certificate

1.1%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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  2. Lab Computers
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  • Supervised, advised, and monitored students as they soldered, used laboratory equipment, and worked on projects.
  • Maintain lab computers and printers to ensure proper functionality 2.
  • Assured that computers and printers were well kept and working properly Helped students with using Adobe Photoshop
  • Monitored the Mac Lab and Research Room
  • Monitor residence hall computer labs, taking responsibility for computers and other equipment and giving technical support to students.

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