Biological Technicians


Also called : Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Biological Science Lab Tech), Biological Science Technician, Biological Technician, Laboratory Technician, Marine Fisheries Technician, Research Assistant, R

What they do


Assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

On the job, one 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.

  • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.

  • Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel.

  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.

  • Provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, biology, and health sciences.

KNOWLEDGE


  • Biology
    Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • Computers and Electronics
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

SKILLS


  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Science
    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • Active Learning
    Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

ABILITIES


  • Inductive Reasoning
    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Information Ordering
    The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Analytical Thinking
    Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Analytical or scientific software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Document management software

  • Geographic information system

  • Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Map creation software

  • Office suite software

  • Presentation software

  • Project management software

  • Spreadsheet software

  • Word processing software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Considerable Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Four-year bachelor degree

  • Experience

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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