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 utilities.
- Installs, calibrates, and maintains or troubleshoots laboratory and field equipment;
- Keeps detailed logs of all work-related activities;
- Employs computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties;
- Analyzes experimental data and interprets results to write reports and summaries of findings;
- Conducts research or assists in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals;
- Measures or weighs compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed;
- Monitors laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards;
- Monitors and experiments and records production and test data for evaluation by research personnel;
- Provides technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, biology, and health sciences;
- Isolates, identifies, and prepares specimens for examination;
- Examines animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems;
- Participates in the research, development, or manufacturing of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations;
- 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;
- Conducts or supervises operational programs such as fish hatcheries, greenhouses and livestock production programs.
Two or three-year college program in chemical or biochemical engineering technology.