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Biological Technicians

Also called: Biological Science Laboratory Technician, Biological Technician, Laboratory Technician, Research Associate

What they do:
Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.
  • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.


Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • order or arrange things
  • communicate by writing
  • listen and understand what people say
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • BD Biosciences CellQuest
  • Gene Codes Sequencher
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Graphics software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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