Laboratory Technicians and Technologists

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.


Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Cytogenetic Technologists, Laboratory Automation Specialists, Molecular Genetics Technologists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience Internship
Skills
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements Must have normal color vision
Career Ladder
  • Clinical Research Manager, or Scientist
  • Engineer
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant

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