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Occupational Employment Statistics


19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 7016$23.53/hr$17.33/hr$17.90/hr$21.61/hr$29.15/hr$31.24/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services90$23.12/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/A$30.98/hr
Public Administration590$17.90/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$16.15/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/A$31.83/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$22.74/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$21.24/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$18.03/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$16.63/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$18.63/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$24.33/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 60$20.09/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$18.03/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 70$21.61/hr3.0%
Northwest Minnesota 70$21.83/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 100$17.90/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$23.83/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 780$18.71/hr7.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 880$17.98/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,470$23.82/hr6.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Microbiologists 140$33.74/hr4.2%
Chemical Technicians 1,140$25.04/hr9.1%
Chemists 1,860$42.53/hr6.6%

  • Participate in the research, development, or manufacturing of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations.
  • Examine animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.
  • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
  • Conduct standardized biological, microbiological or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses to evaluate the quantity or quality of physical or chemical substances in food or other products.
  • Conduct or supervise operational programs such as fish hatcheries, greenhouses and livestock production programs.
  • Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.
  • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.
  • Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.
  • Feed livestock or laboratory animals.