Biotechnology Research Assistants

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Biotechnology research assistants work to help scientists, engineers, professors, and a wide variety of other professionals get their jobs done. They are information specialists who find the facts, data, and statistics that their employers need, leaving the employers free to pursue the larger task at hand. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are 79,000 biological technicians (a job that is similar to biotechnology research assistants) employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Scientific Research Assistants
Duties Obtain information for their employers; conduct research online and at libraries, archives, and other locations; prepare summaries of their research findings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Research experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Research Manager
  • Experienced Research Assistant
  • Entry-Level Research Assistant