Biological technicians assist biological and medical scientists. They set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. They also analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
Biological technicians use science and mathematics principles to help biologists in the research and development of products and processes. They work closely with laboratory equipment, observe experiments, and calculate and analyze results.
Some tasks mentioned in biological technicians' job description are to perform include working under biologists to develop and adapt laboratory procedures, fix instruments, adjust settings, and assist in the study of living organisms. In pharmaceutical companies, they help to develop and assemble medicines. In microbiology, they aid in the study of living organisms and infectious agents. Biological technicians examine organic substances such as drugs, blood and food and in biotechnology, they apply their knowledge in basic research and product development.
A certificate or associate’s degree in biotechnology will suffice, although a bachelor’s or a master’s degree can help to move to a biologist’s position with a few years of experience. Biological technicians courses extensive experience with laboratory equipment and a strong background in chemistry, maths, physics and biology.
Biological technicians find jobs in scientific, professional and technical service firms, in government, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing or in educational services. Biological technicians’ salary is usually incommensurate with the job.
To be successful, biological technicians have to operate increasingly complex laboratory equipment and work closely with electronic measuring equipment, computers and more traditional experimental tools.
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