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.
  • Uses computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
  • Monitors and observes experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel.
  • Analyzes experimental data and interprets results to write reports and summaries of findings.
  • Provides technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, biology, and health sciences.
  • Keeps detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Inputs data into databases.
  • Isolates, identifies and prepares specimens for examination.
  • Sets up, adjusts, calibrates, cleans, maintains, and troubleshoots laboratory and field equipment.
  • Cleans, maintains and prepares supplies and work areas.

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
  • 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 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

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