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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Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Research Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,927 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $51K
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Research Technician Career Path

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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and ImmunologyLa Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Research Technician
Sep. 14, 2021

“People are really nice and friendly”

University of MissouriUniversity of Missouri
Research Technician
Jan. 4, 2020

“As an undergrad they gave me a large amount of freedom to pursue what I believed was the best course for the research being conducted.”

Agricultural Research Council
Research Technician
Jun. 27, 2021

“Great for career development and learning”

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician
Sep. 15, 2021

“Pay is not competitive and you don't get any raise.”

Research Technician
Aug. 23, 2021

“I had an awesome boss and everyone was great to work with.”

Columbia University Medical CenterColumbia University Medical Center
Research Technician
May 29, 2019

“No career advancement and difficult to be part of the paper.”

Duke UniversityDuke University
Research Technician II
Jan. 4, 2021

“Had a great PI and lots of creative freedom.”

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician II
Nov. 17, 2019

“No career development for technicians (you will not be promoted)”

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