Biological technicians

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2019 Workforce
26.4k
Average Age
36.4
Estimated Job Growth
4.91%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$57,182
Average Male Salary
$52,446
Average Female Salary
$60,956

About

Biological technicians are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Biological technicians was $57,182 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Biological technicians by wage are Solar photovoltaic installers, Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists, and Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers.

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

$57,182
AVERAGE SALARY
± $10,402

In 2019, Biological technicians earned an average of $57,182, $1,658 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Solar photovoltaic installers make somewhat more than Biological technicians while Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists 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

0.327
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Biological technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.327, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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
2019 Workforce
± 3,992
0.102%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 21.3%

The number of people employed as Biological technicians has been growing at a rate of 0.102%, from 26,417 people in 2018 to 26,444 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Biological technicians employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Biological technicians at  18.4%, followed by Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing with 8.89% and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 7.03%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Biological technicians in the US. The average age of male Biological technicians in the workforce is 37.5 and of female Biological technicians is 35.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Biological technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

11.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,659
14.7k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,978

55.7% of Biological technicians are Female, 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)

60.4% of Biological technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.7% 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

37.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.13
35.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.66

The median age of Biological technicians is 36.4, and Male employees are generally 1.85 years older 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 Biology.

Majors

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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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Biological Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Biological Technicians are expected to see a growth of 4.91% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

4.91%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Biological Technicians. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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