2. Biological technicians
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Master’s degree premium: No significant differenceMedian annual salary for master’s degree: $44,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $45,000Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 8.7%Projected job growth by 2026: 10.2%
Biological technicians work as assistants to trained scientists in a laboratory setting. They carry out experiments designed by the supervising scientist, adjust/calibrate instrumentation, and collect data in order to keep the lab operating effectively. Working as a biological technician is a popular choice for those considering medical school or a doctoral program in science because of the research experience it provides.