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Biological Technicians - 19-4021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Biological Science Lab Tech)
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Biological Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Fisheries Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Technician
  • Wildlife Biology Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • Input data into databases.
  • 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.
  • Place orders for laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • 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.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • 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

  • Aerospace and Operational Physiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Allied Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biochemist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biochemistry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Industrial Hygiene (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Medical Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Radiation (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biological Sciences Assistant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Biomedical Laboratory (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Biomedical Laboratory Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Blood Bank (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Clinical Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Hematology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Microbiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Toxicologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Clinical Laboratory (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Entomologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Entomology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Food Safety Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Medical Laboratory (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Microbiologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Microbiology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physiologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiation Specialist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Biomedical Scientist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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

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