technicians need an associate degree or a certificate in applied science
or science-related technology. Many employers prefer
applicants who have at least 2 years of specialized training or an
associate degree in applied science or science-related technology.
Many technical and
community colleges offer associate degrees in a specific technology or
more general education in science and mathematics. A number of associate
degree programs are designed to provide easy transfer to bachelor's
degree programs at colleges or universities. The Society of American
Foresters grants recognition to educational programs leading to a
two-year Associate's degree in forest technology or the equivalent.
People interested in
careers as science technicians should take as many high school science
and math courses as possible. Science courses taken beyond high school,
in an associate or bachelor's degree program, should be laboratory
oriented, with an emphasis on bench skills. A solid background in
applied chemistry, physics, and math is vital.
are important because technicians are often required to report their
findings both orally and in writing. In addition, technicians should be
able to work well with others. Because computers often are used in
research and development laboratories, technicians should also have
strong computer skills, especially in computer modeling. Organizational
ability, an eye for detail, and skill in interpreting scientific results
are important as well, as are a high mechanical aptitude, attention to
detail, and analytical thinking.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.