Laboratory Technicians and Technologists

Laboratory Technician Examines Petri Dish

Laboratory technicians and technologists perform experiments and procedures in biotechnology research. Technicians and technologists are differentiated by their level of education. Technicians typically have associate’s degrees, and technologists have bachelor’s degrees.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cytogenetic Technologists, Laboratory Automation Specialists, Molecular Genetics Technologists
Duties Perform experiments and procedures in biotechnology research; work under the direction of scientists and engineers; prepare and use sophisticated laboratory equipment; write reports based on findings
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Must have normal color vision
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Clinical Research Associate or Scientist
  • Engineer
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant