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Laboratory Technician - Qualifications And Compensation

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Often, a laboratory technician can demonstrate expertise in a wide variety of experimental techniques. This type of employee is highly sought after by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. It is generally expected that a technician in a molecular biology work setting will have a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry. While many employers are willing to provide on-the-job training for laboratory technicians, a well-qualified technician will have at least some experience with techniques commonly used in biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology.

A laboratory technician who has just received a bachelor's or master's degree may receive an annual salary of $18,000 to $36,000 or more, depending on the employer (industry, academia, or government), the geographical location, and the supply of and demand for qualified technicians. Salaries increase with experience, technical expertise, and responsibility, particularly in industry, where many opportunities exist for the laboratory technician to climb the career ladder.

Samuel E. Bennett

and Dale Mosbaugh

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