The criteria you will face when you want to become a biological technician may depend on the employer with which you will apply. Usually, however, you will need to finish high school and earn a degree in laboratory technology or a related major to land this job. You may also find internships and hands-on training opportunities helpful for improving your chances of being hired. Additionally, developing computer, communication, organization, and problem-solving skills may help you land this position.
The educational requirements you will likely have to meet to become a biological technician include a high school education and some college or technical school. You will typically need a high school or General Educational Development® (GED®) diploma to qualify for this job. Then, once you have earned this credential, you will typically have to spend about two years earning an associate's degree in laboratory technology or a related major through a college or technical school. It is important to note, however, that you can complete most programs in two years if you attend full time. If you choose to attend part time, you will need more time to graduate.
Though you can become a biological technician with an associate's degree, you may improve your chances of landing the job you want if you earn a bachelor's degree instead. Some employers prefer individuals with bachelor's degrees for this job and will give you preference over other job candidates if you have one. In such a case, you may find it easier to land your pick of available jobs rather than trying to secure just any position.
While not a requirement, you may find some opportunities that are available during or after your schooling helpful for landing this job. For example, the school you choose to attend to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree may offer referrals to internship and hands-on training opportunities you can use to prepare to become a biological technician. Having such experience listed on your resume may help you meet your goals.
In addition to education and possibly an internship or hands-on training experience, you will also need certain skills to become a biological technician. For example, you will likely need organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, the ability to analyze and report, and the ability to pay close attention to detail. Computer skills and mechanical abilities are usually important as well.