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Become A Research Technician

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Working As A Research Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Technician Do

A Research Technician helps scientists with their research and experiments. They assist with research analysis and record findings in the field or lab as well as clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.

How To Become A Research 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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Real Research Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Technician Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2017 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Technician II Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Aug 11, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Technician Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $50,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 03, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 16, 2014 $50,000 -
$60,000
Research Technician Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 18, 2018 $47,000
Research Technician Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Nov 10, 2015 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 15, 2013 $47,000 -
$57,000
Research Technician Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jun 16, 2017 $47,000
Research Technician 3 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 01, 2013 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 02, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Technician III Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2013 $45,000 -
$55,000
Research Technician II Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Dec 13, 2015 $42,000 -
$52,000
Research Technician Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 18, 2015 $40,000 -
$50,000

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Top Skills for A Research Technician

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Top Research Technician Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Lab Supplies
  3. Cell Culture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and presented design requirements of new laboratory equipment to engineering staff.
  • Maintain biological laboratory procedure and equipment, order lab supplies.
  • Maintain mammalian cell cultures and isolate and type DNA from whole blood.
  • Assisted with research procedures, utilized laboratory techniques, researched background information, cited sources, prepared media, !
  • Blood draws and minor surgical procedures.

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