Research Technician

Research Technician

A research technician typically works in a laboratory and helps scientists conduct their research. In agriculture this could especially require work outside the lab, potentially traveling to fields or farms. They assist lead scientists in monitoring experiments and documenting observations.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Operate and maintain lab equipment
  • Ensure lab is properly stocked with materials
  • Assist in monitoring experiences and documenting observations
  • Record data from experiments and input data
  • Draft progress reports
  • Assist in the cleaning and sanitation of the lab
  • Monitor lab expenses
  • Assist in the seeding and harvesting of crops
  • Identify pests or diseases that may be present in a crop or animal
  • Provide treatment for disease or infestation through medication, herbicides and pesticides
  • Participate in research planning sessions to better understand work being done
  • Assist in the creation of presentations for meetings or other events
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science, chemistry and biology, and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in laboratory technology or degrees that are in the focus area of research like agronomy, horticulture, animal science, poultry science or aquaculture is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Research technicians work at universities or in general research, seed, animal health or pharmaceutical companies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Clinical Laboratory Association
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Society of Clinical Research Associates
  • American Society for Clinical Pathologists 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$34,000
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