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Working As A Microbiology Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Microbiology Technician 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 Microbiology Technician

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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Microbiology Technician Career Paths

Microbiology Technician
Quality Assurance Technician Production Supervisor
General Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Medical Technologist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Administrative Director
13 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Microbiological Laboratory Technician Quality Control Technician Microbiologist
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Laboratory Technician Scientist Project Manager
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Production Supervisor Processing Supervisor
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Scientist Laboratory Manager
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Scientist Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Control Manager
Quality Control Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Manager Regulatory Affairs Manager
Regulatory Affairs Director
12 Yearsyrs
Microbiology Supervisor Laboratory Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Control Analyst Quality Control Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Research And Development Scientist Food Scientist
Senior Food Scientist
8 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Quality Control Technician Laboratory Analyst
Senior Laboratory Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Microbiological Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician Microbiologist
Senior Microbiologist
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Laboratory Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Scientist Senior Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Microbiology Supervisor Laboratory Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Microbiologist 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Microbiology Technician
Internship 6.7%
Technician 4.3%
Volunteer 2.6%
Generalist 2.4%
Tutor 2.1%
Researcher 2.1%
Top Careers After Microbiology Technician
Scientist 3.7%
Internship 2.9%
Supervisor 2.7%
Technician 2.7%

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Microbiology Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

58.7%

Male

39.0%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.8%

Portuguese

6.3%

Chinese

3.1%

Dari

3.1%

Persian

3.1%

Bengali

3.1%

Tagalog

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Korean

3.1%
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Microbiology Technician Education

Schools

California State University - Stanislaus

8.5%

Ohio State University

7.4%

Drexel University

6.4%

University of Wisconsin Extension

6.4%

Loyola University of Chicago

5.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.3%

Western Illinois University

5.3%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

Sonoma State University

4.3%

University of Toledo

4.3%

University of Cincinnati

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Georgia State University

4.3%

University of Iowa

4.3%

Modesto Junior College

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

Quinnipiac University

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%
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Majors

Biology

34.1%

Microbiology

16.5%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

6.3%

Business

5.5%

Medical Technician

4.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.7%

Environmental Science

3.7%

Chemistry

3.7%

Biotechnology

3.7%

Nursing

2.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.8%

Biomedical Sciences

1.4%

Food Science

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Public Health

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Zoology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.7%

Masters

20.3%

Other

11.3%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Microbiology Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Microbiology Technologist Eurofins Medinet, Inc. Chantilly, VA Aug 06, 2010 $65,824
Microbiology Technician Biochem Laboratory, Inc. Lyndhurst, NJ Jul 01, 2010 $47,980
Microbiology Technologist Elite Clinical Laboratory, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 23, 2016 $45,000
Microbiology Technician/Documentation Auditor SGS North America, Inc. Fairfield, NJ Sep 19, 2015 $42,286 -
$50,000
Microbiological Technician Seviroli Foods, Inc. Garden City, NY Feb 22, 2016 $38,000
Microbiology Technician Silliker, Inc. Chicago Heights, IL Apr 30, 2010 $32,098
Microbiology Technician SGS North America, Inc. Fairfield, NJ Sep 19, 2012 $31,827 -
$35,479

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Top Skills for A Microbiology Technician

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Microbiology
  3. Laboratory Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspected lab equipment routinely to ensure proper functionality.
  • Performed microbiology testing on diverse sample types and laboratory maintenance activities in a contract laboratory environment.
  • Assisted in the development of laboratory procedures.
  • Experience applying aseptic techniques, gowning requirements and good documentation practices.
  • Prepared and analyzed Gram stains and Kirby-Bauer antibiotic sensitivities.

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