Biotechnology Research Assistants

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 71,590 biological technicians (a job that is similar to biotechnology research assistants) employed in the United States.


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

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