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Working As A Research And Development Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $87,324

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development 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 Research And Development 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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Research And Development Technician Career Paths

Research And Development Technician
Manufacturing Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Center Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chemist Quality Assurance Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Quality Control Analyst Microbiologist
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chemist Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Development Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Analyst
Research Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Research And Development Manager Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.6%
Technician 5.4%
Consultant 3.7%
Manager 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.7%
Technician 5.3%
Owner 4.2%
Chemist 4.0%

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Research And Development Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

69.7%

Female

27.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.9%

French

10.0%

German

9.1%

Chinese

5.6%

Mandarin

4.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Hindi

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Russian

2.6%

Korean

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Arabic

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Greek

1.2%

Dutch

0.6%

Hokkien

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%
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Research And Development Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

Pennsylvania State University

7.2%

Purdue University

7.0%

Northeastern University

6.6%

San Jose State University

5.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Oregon State University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

Stanford University

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Santa Clara University

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Iowa State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

21.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.4%

Chemistry

9.0%

Biology

8.7%

Marketing

5.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.4%

Computer Science

5.1%

Management

4.4%

Mechanical Engineering

4.4%

Finance

4.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.1%

Food Science

3.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Public Health

1.9%

Information Technology

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Project Management

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

22.1%

Other

18.0%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Research And Development Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Management Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Sep 12, 2016 $138,543
Product Management 4 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 20, 2011 $116,430
Consultant, Product Lifecycle Management Dassault Systemes Services, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Nov 01, 2009 $86,200
Product Development Analyst I Avisena, Inc. Miami, FL Apr 23, 2009 $70,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Sep 09, 2012 $68,465
R&D Technician Taylor Made Racing Inc. CA Jul 02, 2012 $65,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Sep 09, 2015 $60,900
Marketing and Product Development Analyst Ea International Ltd New York, NY Mar 16, 2010 $60,000
Product Development Analyst Cornet Technology Inc. Springfield, VA Nov 30, 2009 $60,000
Global Product Development Analyst Alta Genetics USA, Inc. Madison, WI Nov 09, 2016 $60,000 -
$80,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Sep 21, 2011 $60,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Aug 09, 2014 $60,000
R&D Technologist Teawolf LLC Brookfield, NJ Nov 10, 2014 $55,040
Research and Development Food Technologist Cherry Central Cooperative, Inc. Shelby, MI Sep 20, 2014 $55,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Aug 05, 2013 $55,000
R & D Food Technologist Promotion In Motion, Inc. Allendale, NJ Sep 24, 2013 $55,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Oct 01, 2010 $55,000
Research and Development Food Technologist Cherry Central Cooperative, Inc. Shelby, MI Oct 01, 2014 $55,000
Associate R&D Technologist I H-E-B Grocery Company, LP San Antonio, TX Aug 24, 2016 $53,206
Research and Development Food Technologist PS Seasoning & Spices, Inc. Iron Ridge, WI Aug 27, 2015 $49,067 -
$55,000
R&D Technologist New Bakery Company of Ohio, Inc. Zanesville, OH Feb 04, 2011 $48,360 -
$52,000
Research & Development Technologist EGL Genetic Diagnostics LLC Decatur, GA Sep 05, 2016 $48,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Sep 09, 2011 $48,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI May 09, 2011 $48,000
R&D Technologist Kerry Inc. Owatonna, MN Sep 11, 2015 $47,965

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  • Coordinated and executed new product development projects, answering to specific local markets needs and overall company guidelines.
  • Develop test plans and conduct testing incorporating all aspects of an internal control to identify risk areas.
  • Lead the regional MRP sales and implementation programs and participated in developing special software applications.
  • Keep an organized laboratory notebook on all procedures and observations.
  • Operated all laboratory equipment including calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting of wet chemistry and lab instrumentation.

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