What does a Research Technician I 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.
Research Technician I Salaries
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Research Technician I Career Path
Learn how to become a Research Technician I, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Research Technician I Insights
“No one ever cared to let me know what the project I was hired for was about and my technical training was extremely superficial.”
“People are really nice and friendly”
“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.”
“My supervising scientist was helpful and fun to work with.”
“The other thing I didn't care for was being capped in my weekly hours as a part”
“Great for career development and learning”
“Pay is not competitive and you don't get any raise.”
“There is little to any movement from being a tech unless you get a higher degree or further education.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a research technician i
When working as a research technician i, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Computer Literacy, Genotyping, Excellent Organizational, Isolation and Blotting.
- Research Analyst
- Research Specialist
- Research Consultant
- Research Manager
The most common qualifications to become a research technician i is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.