• Careers and Employment Outlook

    Science technicians held about 270,800 jobs in 2008.  The technicians trained in Biotechnology field (Highlighted in blue in the following table) hold more than 50% of these jobs.

    Biological technicians

    79,500

    Chemical technicians

    66,100

    Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

    35,000

    Forest and conservation technicians

    34,000

    Agricultural and food science technicians

    21,900

    Geological and petroleum technicians

    15,200

    Forensic science technicians

    12,800

    Nuclear technicians

    6,400


    Based on the “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition”, the employment of science technicians in Biotech field will grow faster than average, with biological technicians increase by 18 percent, agricultural and food science technicians by 9 percent, and forensic science technicians by 20 percent.   In addition to job openings created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons. Job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and techniques used in biotech industrial research, development, and production become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with highly developed technical skills.