Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Greater demand for biotechnology research is expected to increase the need for these workers.
Biotechnology research plays a key role in scientific advancements that improve people's quality of life. Biological technicians will be needed to help scientists develop new treatments for diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
In agriculture, biotechnology research will be used to create genetically engineered crops that provide greater yields and require less pesticide and fertilizer. Efforts to discover new and improved ways to clean and preserve the environment also will continue to add to job growth. In addition, biological technicians will be needed to help develop alternative sources of energy, such as biofuels and better sources of renewable biomass.
Applicants who have laboratory experience, either through coursework or through previous work experience, should have the best opportunities.
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Life, physical, and social science technicians
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program