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Biological Technicians

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Participate in the research, development, or manufacturing of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations.
    • 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.
    • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
    • Input data into databases.
    • Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.
    • Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field equipment.
    • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.
    • Feed livestock or laboratory 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.
    • Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.
    • Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
    • Place orders for laboratory equipment and supplies.
    • Conduct or supervise operational programs such as fish hatcheries, greenhouses and livestock production programs.
    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • 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.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $44,310/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $21.30/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,870
    • Yearly Projected Openings 310
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
    • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
    • Microplate readers
    • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
    • Inverted microscopes
    • Office suite software
    • Map creation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.