Biological Technicians

risk level
Based on 57 votes
by year 2032
or $23.87 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

68% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

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User poll

50% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 68% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Biological Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Biological Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 9.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Biological Technicians' was $49,650, or $23 per hour

'Biological Technicians' were paid 7.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 73,710 people employed as 'Biological Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Biological Technicians'.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 19-4021.00


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NA (No chance) says
You would need additional robotics, which cost money to buy and maintain, and if you are part of a small to medium size lab, it would end up costing more money long term trying to completely automate lab tech work with AI robots.
Aspects of lab tech work will be automated, increasing productivity of already employed techs, but it will not outright replace everything that they do, it is not feasible.
May 19, 2024 at 09:28 PM
Dan (Low) says
I'm a lab manager (lab tech who runs an academic lab). We're already automating away the work that undergraduate student volunteers and minimum wage part time "lab helpers" with bachelor degrees would do.

And yet, there is still so much work left to do. I welcome and love automation for my work, because it frees me up to work on other projects and ideas. Research is funding scarce, yet there are so many ideas and projects to explore in order to generate results.
Apr 15, 2023 at 09:48 AM

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