Biological technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals working in fields such as agriculture, resource management, environmental protection, plant and animal biology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology and health sciences, or may work independently in these fields. They are employed in both laboratory and field settings by governments, manufacturers of food products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, health, research and educational institutions, environmental consulting companies, and resource and utilities companies.
- Studies soil and water conditions on arable land;
- Examines how human activities such as over cultivation and excessive fertilizer use changes soil;
- Researches soil conservation methods such as aeration and planting techniques;
- Engages in the rehabilitation of polluted land;
- Studies ways to grow plants without pesticides or chemical fertilizers;
- Conducts laboratory research on plant disease and insect infestation;
- Produces research on disease resistant plants;
- Advises farmers on improving production methods;
- Monitors new products such as fertilizers for possible harmful effects;
- Assists soil scientists on development of land soil treatment or drainage methods.
- Assess quality of groundwater;
- Studies soil fertility and plant nutrient levels;
- Surveys lands for environmental impact assessments, environmental protrection planning, and reclamation planning;
- Develops waste management programs;
- Helps restore natural habitats.
Three-year college program in a field related to agriculture