Career Path Forecast
Overall employment of
science technicians is expected to grow 18 percent during the 2008-18
decade, faster than average, as the growing number of agricultural and
medicinal products developed from the results of biotechnology research
boosts demand for these workers. Also, an aging population and continued
competition among pharmaceutical companies are expected to contribute to
the need for innovative and improved drugs, further spurring demand.
Most growth in employment will be in professional, scientific, and
technical services and in educational services.
In addition to job openings
created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace
technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons. Job
opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science
technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in
laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and
techniques used in industrial research, development, and production
become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with
highly developed technical skills
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.