Vivarium technician - Salary and Career
Biology Technicians

Vivarium technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They manage and care for the health of animals in vivariums, such as: rats, mice and hamsters, assist in animal experimentation, handling chemicals, collecting tissues, transplanting skin, making slides, freezing and transferring embryos, preparing the environment and materials applied to the animal husbandry, monitor the environmental and physical conditions of the vivarium, dispose of biological material, operate machinery and equipment. The activities are performed according to good practices, standards and technical and biosafety procedures.

How much does an Vivarium technician earn

A Vivarium technician earns between $1.282 and $4.879 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.201 and a median salary of $1.856 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 393 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Vivarium technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.201 26.417 550 10
1º Quartile 1.282 15.382 320 6
Median Salary 1.856 22.270 464 9
3º Quartile 3.721 44.647 930 18
Higher Salary 4.879 58.543 1.220 23


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • biology technicians
        • biology technicians

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Main workplaces

Biology Technicians work is carried out indoors, during daytime hours, or by shift rotation. The professionals work, mostly, as salaried employees, with a formal contract. They work under occasional supervision, organized in a multidisciplinary team, in research and development centers, universities and in the health area. In some of the activities they carry out, they are exposed to noise, radiation, high temperatures, toxic material and biological and allergenic risks.


What does it take to work in the field of Biology Technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a technical course in biology (high school level) or similar areas.


Functions and activities of Vivarium technician

Biology Technicians must:

  • prepare environment and materials applied to biotherism;
  • aid in animal experimentation;
  • operate machinery and equipment;
  • caring for animal health in animal facility;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • preparing environment and materials applied to biotherism;
  • handling animals;
  • preparing environment and materials applied to bioterism;
  • care for animal health in animal facility;
  • work with biosafety;
  • working with biosafety;
  • monitor environmental and physical conditions of animal facility;
  • discard biological materials;

  • Activities

    • administering medicines to animals;
    • intubate animals;
    • provide information to users;
    • handling fire extinguishers;
    • classify discarded material;
    • collect animal feces;
    • operate measuring equipment;
    • sowing culture media;
    • check physical appearance of animals;
    • operate sanitation equipment;
    • control entry and exit of people, equipment and animals;
    • remove nonstandard and excess animals from colonies;
    • sterilize materials;
    • suturing animals;
    • operate micro manipulator;
    • bathing animals;
    • send biological material for analysis;
    • cure animals;
    • identify animals (tattoo, stamps or plates);
    • centrifuge biological materials;
    • place boxes, cages, drinkers and nozzles in immersion;
    • deal with animals;
    • manipulating chemicals;
    • freeze carcasses;
    • perform serological reactions;
    • operate laminar flow;
    • operate sterilization equipment;
    • request the purchase of materials;
    • operate microscope;
    • feeding animals;
    • monitor environmental pressure;
    • demonstrate detail orientation;
    • make decisions;
    • wearing personal protective equipment;
    • operate insulators;
    • register data;
    • use specific products for asepsis and disinfection;
    • work as a team;
    • check age of animals;
    • destroy contaminating agents;
    • observe animal behavior;
    • transplant skin;
    • show patience;
    • insert tissue in paraffin;
    • weaning animals;
    • monitor humidity;
    • inoculate substances into animals;
    • making slides;
    • provide maintenance services;
    • vaccinating yourself against pathogens;
    • select matrices;
    • check the age of animals;
    • incinerate biological materials;
    • taking baths;
    • immobilize animals (restraint);
    • exchange animal microenvironment;
    • store discarded material;
    • monitor luminosity;
    • applying first aid care;
    • transport bagged biological materials;
    • operate microtomy device;
    • collect fluid from animals;
    • freeze embryos (cryopreservation);
    • respect animal welfare;
    • sacrifice animals;
    • monitor vivarium infrastructure;
    • weighing animals;
    • perform hysterectomy in rats, mice and hamsters;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • perform vasectomy in laboratory animals;
    • adjust equipment temperature;
    • monitor ventilation system;
    • express yourself orally;
    • submit to health examinations;
    • scraping boxes and cages;
    • work as a team;
    • sanitize materials and animal husbandry environments;
    • collect animal tissues;
    • packing animals and biological materials for transport;
    • sexing animals;
    • using collective protection equipment;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • transfer embryos;
    • monitor ambient temperature;
    • mating animals;
    • bagging organic waste and carcasses;


    Sectors that hire Vivarium technician the most in the job market

    • supply and management of human resources for third parties
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • combined building support services
    • cleaning in buildings and households
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • live animal wholesale
    • growing apple
    • higher education - undergraduate and postgraduate
    • animal artificial insemination service
    • engineering services




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