Biological Technician  What They Do

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Biological Technicians Career Video

Assists biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Sets up, operates and maintains laboratory instruments and equipment, monitors experiments, makes observations, and calculates and records results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food and drugs.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Plant Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Conducts research or assists in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
  • Analyzes experimental data and interprets results to write reports and summaries of findings.
  • Keeps detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Uses computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
  • Cleans, maintains and prepares supplies and work areas.
  • Sets up, adjusts, calibrates, cleans, maintains, and troubleshoots laboratory and field equipment.
  • Measures or weighs compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
  • Isolates, identifies and prepares specimens for examination.
  • Conducts standardized biological, microbiological or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses to evaluate the quantity or quality of physical or chemical substances in food or other products.
  • Examines animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Biologist Aide -- Assists research workers in experiments in biology, bacteriology, plant pathology, mycology, and related agricultural sciences.
  • Biotechnician -- Works with biologists studying living organisms and helps maintain, set up and operate laboratory equipment; makes observations, calculating and recording results; and analyzes organic substances, such as blood, food and drugs.
  • Microbiology Technician -- Investigates the structure, growth and development of microscopic organisms, like bacteria, fungi or algae; and also studies the relationship between diseases and organisms or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.
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  • Bacteriology Lab Specialist --
  • Biology Research Assistant --
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  • Veterinary Laboratory Technician --
  • Wildlife Biology Technician --