What does a Research Technician do?

Research technicians help senior scientists perform lab or field tests by setting up necessary equipment and recording observations carefully during experiments. They work in settings including a college, university, hospital, or independent research center and in sectors including agriculture, environmental, physics, and biology, where they specialize accordingly. They collect data, run tests, and interpret results. They might gather biological samples and operate electron microscopes or other laboratory equipment.

Research technicians collect data and order inventory. They conduct experiments and assist scientists with the more practical aspects of daily research. They gather, interpret, and record relevant research and data, operate and maintain computer and lab equipment, and analyze specific substances. Research technicians also examine quality control at the laboratory and are responsible for ordering inventory and shipping and tracking samples. Research technicians need a minimum bachelor's degree in a science-related field.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Research Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

£27,081 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £27K
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Research Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Research Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Imperial College LondonImperial College London
Research Technician
13 Jan 2022

“No one ever cared to let me know what the project I was hired for was about and my technical training was extremely superficial.”

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and ImmunologyLa Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Research Technician
14 Sep 2021

“People are really nice and friendly”

University of MissouriUniversity of Missouri
Research Technician
4 Jan 2020

“As an undergrad they gave me a large amount of freedom to pursue what I believed was the best course for the research being conducted.”

Government of CanadaGovernment of Canada
Entomology Research Technician
12 Oct 2019

“My supervising scientist was helpful and fun to work with.”

University of MissouriUniversity of Missouri
Research Technician
4 Nov 2021

“The other thing I didn't care for was being capped in my weekly hours as a part”

Agricultural Research Council
Research Technician
27 Jun 2021

“Great for career development and learning”

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Technician
15 Sep 2021

“Pay is not competitive and you don't get any raise.”

Howard Hughes Medical InstituteHoward Hughes Medical Institute
Research Technician
11 Nov 2020

“There is little to any movement from being a tech unless you get a higher degree or further education.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a research technician

When working as a research technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Computer Literacy, Excellent Communication, Protocols and FileMaker Pro.

The most similar professions to research technician are:
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Consultant
  • Research Manager

The most common qualifications to become a research technician is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.