Biological Technicians (19-4021)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 538537 -0.20 1515
United States 79,30083,500 5.2410 2,2102,630

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.1813.3016.27 20.4426.4433.46
Alaska 20.7415.2817.01 19.7122.9727.49
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 20.3515.2117.01 18.9621.7927.00
Fairbanks North Star Borough 21.2817.0017.55 20.3423.2027.95
Southeast Region 20.9716.7317.01 19.6223.6028.14
Balance of State 20.6115.2117.01 19.9822.5428.01

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
651107 16.428.5 23.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation155
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation61
UI claimants previously working in occupation108
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 437
Number of job position postings 85
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None