On the Job
Biological Technicians set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment. They work under the direction of scientists. They may analyze data from blood, food, or drugs.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Record research or operational data.
- Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
- Interpret research or operational data.
- Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
- Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures.
- Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
- Collect biological specimens.
- Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
- Set up laboratory or field equipment.
- Clean objects.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working with a group or team.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
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