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SOC: 19-4021 Biological Technicians
Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
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Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals. Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings. Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities. Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties. Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas. Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field equipment. Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.34   Entry $27,749.00
Mean $18.94   Mean $39,372.00
Experience $21.72 Experience $45,194.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
81089030.95
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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19-4021.00 Biological Technicians