Based on 182 responses, the job of Research Technician has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.66 out of 5. On average, Research Technicians are highly satisfied with their job.
Q: What is it like working as a Research Technician?
Pros: Flexible hours, casual culture.
Cons: No structure.
Great Variety Of Work, Challenging And Exciting.
Pros: Freedom to organize myself, always learning, meeting new people.
Cons: Looking for clients and hoping enough work comes in.
Pros: More responsible job.
The ups and downs of research.
Pros: Being a research technician allows you to work with people.
Cons: Sometimes the people you work with don't understand what they're doing.
Success in Research Laboratory.
Take college classes. Work late when asked. Help others.
Research Technicians will always fear grant money drain.
I didn't realize that the job I fell into after grad school, which happen to be at the same school and lab I attended, as a research tech would be a job that would cause me so much anxiety. It's not the job itself, but the notion that the position is 100% dependent on grant money that runs out every year or two. The job forces you to worry about where your next paycheck will come from. This is not the right way to have a research position. The school should be funding these jobs. Anyways, the actual work itself, marine physiology/marine monitoring, is rewarding and diverse from day to day. Too bad I am always in jeopardy of loosing the job when the grant runs out.
Research Technician in Dallas:
Pros: Technical writing. Organizing. Training.
Cons: Working with the public. Workplace drama.