What does a Research Technician do?

Research technicians help senior scientists perform lab or field tests by setting up necessary equipment and recording observations carefully during experiments. They work in settings including a college, university, hospital, or independent research center and in sectors including agriculture, environmental, physics, and biology, where they specialize accordingly. They collect data, run tests, and interpret results. They might gather biological samples and operate electron microscopes or other laboratory equipment.

Research technicians collect data and order inventory. They conduct experiments and assist scientists with the more practical aspects of daily research. They gather, interpret, and record relevant research and data, operate and maintain computer and lab equipment, and analyze specific substances. Research technicians also examine quality control at the laboratory and are responsible for ordering inventory and shipping and tracking samples. Research technicians need a minimum bachelor's degree in a science-related field.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
33%
2 - 4
30%
5 - 7
1%
8+
36%

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Computer Literacy
Excellent Communication
Protocols
FileMaker Pro
Excellent Organizational
Rats
Written Communication

Research Technician Seniority Levels

Research Analyst
9% made the transition
Research Specialist
15% made the transition
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Research Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$41,610 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $42K
$55K
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