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Become A Research Assistant/Technician

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Working As A Research Assistant/Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $49,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Assistant/Technician Do At Covance

* Monitoring of animal health and welfare in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.
* Collection, documentation and management of pertinent data from animal observations, test material administration and clinical sample collection.
* Maintaining the facilities in accordance with the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC).
* Working in partnership with animal operations team to ensure study quality.
* If you are looking for a company where you can gain exposure to a wide variety of science and explore a multitude of career paths across drug development consider working at Covance as a Study Technician.
* At Covance, you will use your education as a base and then continue to grow in our learning-based culture.
* You will know how to expertly respond and adapt as the healthcare industry continues to evolve.
* Our excellent benefits package includes: 21 days of personal time off, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match and of course medical and dental insurance.
* Why Study Technicians choose to work at Covance
* Make a direct impact in the lives of patients and animals
* Partner with and learn from supporting colleagues and industry leaders
* Expand your knowledge with the ability to specialize in specific areas of early drug development.
* Get ready to redefine what’s possible and discover your **extraordinary** **potential** at Covance.
* Here, you’ll have the opportunity to personally advance healthcare and make a difference in peoples’ lives with your bold ideas and unique point of view.
* With the support of **exceptional** **people** from across the globe and an **energized** **purpose** , you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with mentoring, training and personalized development planning.
* Join us as we speed the delivery of groundbreaking therapies and anticipate tomorrow’s drug development challenges, creating new possibilities for our clients—and your career.
* What we’re looking for
* Study Technicians are the most successful at Covance with:
* A motivated, hardworking and positive work ethic, and a real passion for research.
* Willingness to work rotating weekends, holidays and overtime with supplementary compensation.
* Education/Qualifications
* Bachelor degree in Life Sciences or Associate degree in Laboratory Animal Technology, or Associate degree in Veterinary Technology, or Associate Degree in Histology with 0
* years of related experience.
* Experience
* No experience is required if you meet the education requirements.
* years of related external experience based on education

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How To Become A Research Assistant/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.


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.


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 Assistant/Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Romanian

  • Cantonese

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Indonesian

  • Turkish

  • Greek

  • Japanese

  • Kannada

  • Catalan

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Real Research Assistant/Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ophthalmology Research Assistant/Technician Pediatric Ophthalmology Associates, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 20, 2014 $47,900 -
Research Assistant: CTR for Internet, Comms, and Tech Policy American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Washington, DC Jan 10, 2016 $44,000
Research Assistant II/Senior Biological Technician The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology Philadelphia, PA Jan 05, 2015 $37,440
Research Assistant/Technician The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 02, 2016 $36,720

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Top Skills for A Research Assistant/Technician


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Top Research Assistant/Technician Skills

  1. Lab
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Insured detailed observations of clinical data and laboratory sample processing.
  • Provided technical support for social science and government projects currently in progress within the SESRC.
  • Served as Research Study Coordinator for five clinical research studies and technician on an additional three.
  • Coordinated and conducted research projects funded by industry partners
  • Sample preparation and experimentation, data collection, basic data processing.

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