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Biological Technicians - 19-4021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Biological Technician
  • Research Associate
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Biological Science Laboratory Technician
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Resource Biologist
  • Wildlife Biology Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.
  • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.
  • Conduct or supervise operational programs such as fish hatcheries, greenhouses and livestock production programs.
  • Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
  • Conduct standardized biological, microbiological or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses to evaluate the quantity or quality of physical or chemical substances in food or other products.
  • Examine animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.
  • Feed livestock or laboratory animals.
  • Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.
  • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
  • Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel.
  • Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.
  • Participate in the research, development, or manufacturing of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations.
  • Provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, biology, and health sciences.
  • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field equipment.
  • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Care for plants or animals.
  • Clean objects.
  • Collect biological specimens.
  • Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Biological Sciences Assistant (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Bio-Manufacturing Technician (Downstream)
  • Bio-Manufacturing Technician (Upstream)
  • Dairy Technologist
  • Microbiology Quality Control Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Artificial-Breeding Technician
  • Biological Aide
  • Biology Specimen Technician
  • Blood Tester, Fowl
  • Dairy Technologist
  • Feed-Research Aide
  • Fiber Technologist
  • Herbarium Worker
  • Laboratory Assistant, Culture Media
  • Laboratory Technician, Artificial Breeding
  • Poultry Inseminator
  • Seed Analyst