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.
- Applies quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet the standards established by a laboratory facility;
- Conducts qualitative and quantitative tests and analyses using appropriate laboratory equipment;
- Employs biotechnological applications using principles of chemistry, biology, as well as basics of physics;
- Carries out standard cell procedures under aseptic conditions;
- Assists with the management of biological data in support of biological research scientists;
- Helps develop and manufacture medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations;
- Analyzes organic substances such as blood, food, and drugs;
- Examines evidence in a forensic science laboratory;
- Monitors production processes in pharmaceutical manufacturing;
- Tests products for proper proportions of ingredients, for purity, and for strength;
- Prepares reports on research conducted;
- Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment including test tubes, microscopes; scales, and animal cages;
- Helps researchers study microscopic organisms such as moulds, viruses, and bacteria;
- Employs computers, computer interfaced equipment, and robotics;
- Participates in research on the genetic modification of crop seeds.
Two-year college program in chemical or biochemical engineering technology or biological sciences.