Biological Technician at a Glance

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Best States for Biological Technician

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 5,730 $45,320 $22
Maryland 3,810 $48,750 $23
Montana 650 $35,540 $17

Becoming a Biological Technician

Biological technicians typically hold a bachelor's degree in biology, biological sciences, or a closely related field. Some schools offer online biology degree programs in that include home laboratory kits so students can conduct the required experiments at home. Potential employers will favor candidates with laboratory experience, be it through a degree program or previous employment.

Biological science degree programs typically include classes in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer sciences. Many schools offer either a bachelor's of arts or bachelor's of science in biological sciences with a selection of concentrations to choose from, such as ecology and evolution, zoology, or microbiology. A sampling of courses in a bachelor's of science biological sciences program may include:

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental and Cell Biology

After completing a bachelor's program, many students go on to earn a graduate degree in a specialized area of biology. After a few years of work experience as a technician or after earning a graduate degree, biological technicians may advance to a position as a scientist.