SCIENCE TECHNICIANS use the principles, analysis, and theories of science and mathematics to solve problems in research and development and to help invent and improve products and processes. Technicians set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. They keep detailed logs of all their activities. Science technicians make extensive use of computers, robotics, and high-technology industrial applications, such as biological engineering. Most science technicians specialize in a particular branch of science such as agriculture, biology, chemistry, the nuclear field, or a particular industry, such as petroleum.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $54,000 average per year ($26.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (120,200 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
Most employers prefer applicants for SCIENCE TECHNICIAN positions who have at least 2 years of specialized training or an associate degree in applied science or science-related technology. Many junior and community colleges offer associate degrees in a specific technology or general education in science and mathematics. Technical institutes generally offer technician training. Many science technicians have a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology. No special licensing or certification is required for science technicians.