2017 Biological Technicians
Median Pay: US$41,650
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Biological technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes
  • Gather and prepare biological samples, such as blood, food, and bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct biological tests and experiments 
  • Document their work, including procedures, observations, and results
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results
  • Write reports that summarize their findings

Most biological technicians work on teams. Biological technicians typically are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians collect samples in the field, so they may need certain skills, such as the ability to hike long distances over sometimes rugged terrain to collect water samples.

Biological technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by helping to develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.

Biological technicians working in a microbiological context, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, typically study living microbes and perform techniques specific to microbiology, such as growing cultures in petri dishes or staining specimens to aid in their identification.

Technicians working in biotechnology apply the knowledge and techniques they have gained from basic research to product development.  

Biological technicians also may work in private industry and assist in the study of a wide range of topics concerning mining and industrial production. They may test samples in environmental impact studies, or monitor production processes to help ensure that products are not contaminated.

Biological technicians working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other government agencies may perform biological testing to support agricultural research and wildlife and resource management goals.

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Type: Internship
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Field and Laboratory Technician, Division of Biological Sciences

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Engineering Co-op/Intern (Fall 2019)

Type: Internship
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Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Veterinary Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Research Engineer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
/Overview:Will be responsible for design, fabrication, testing, and validation of research instruments and devices developed by the Vakoc research group in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Participate in teams creating novel technologies and devices for both clinical and biological...
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