Biological technicians

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Total Workforce
26.4k
Average Age
38.8
Average Salary
$50,808
Average Male Salary
$61,677
Average Female Salary
$39,788

About

Biological technicians are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Biological technicians was $50,808 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Biological technicians by wage are Correctional officers and jailers, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, and Postal service clerks.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Biological technicians are San Mateo (South) & Half Moon Bay Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Biological technicians are San Mateo (South) & Half Moon Bay Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Biological technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Biological technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Biological technicians, by average wage, is Scientific research & development services. Biological technicians are paid most in San Mateo (South) & Half Moon Bay Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in San Mateo (South) & Half Moon Bay Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,808
AVERAGE SALARY
± $8,818

In 2018, Biological technicians earned an average of $50,808, $3,081 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Postal service clerks make somewhat more than Biological technicians while Correctional officers and jailers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Biological technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.352
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Biological technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.352, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Biological technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Biological technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Biological technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Biological technicians.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

26.4k
2018 Workforce
± 3,990
20.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 18.6%

The number of people employed as Biological technicians has been growing at a rate of 20.9%, from 21,846 people in 2017 to 26,417 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Biological technicians employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Biological technicians at  16.1%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 9.91% and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 8.78%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Biological technicians in the US. The average age of male Biological technicians in the workforce is 37.7 and of female Biological technicians is 39.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Biological technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

13.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,831
13.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,812

50.3% of Biological technicians are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Biological technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Biological technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

62.3% of Biological technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.8% of Biological technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Biological technicians.

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Age by Gender

37.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.87
39.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.05

The median age of Biological technicians is 38.8, and Male employees are generally 2.15 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Biological technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Biological technicians is Biology but a relatively high number of Biological technicians hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Biological technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Biological technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Biological technicians need more than the average amount of Science, Programming, and Troubleshooting.

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