Biological technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Assist in conducting biological, microbiological and biochemical tests and laboratory analyses
B. Perform limited range of technical functions in support of agriculture, plant breeding, animal husbandry, biology, biomedical research and environmental protection
C. Assist in conducting field research and surveys to collect data and samples of water, soil, and plant and animal populations
D. Assist in analysis of data and preparation of reports.
E. Set up and conduct biological, microbiological and biochemical tests and laboratory analyses in support of research and quality control in food production, sanitation, pharmaceutical production, biotechnology and other fields
F. Apply methods and techniques such as microscopy, histochemistry, chromatography, electrophoresis and spectroscopy
G. Perform experimental procedures in agriculture, plant breeding, animal husbandry, biology and biomedical research
1. Public administration - 26.0%
2. Educational services - 14.0%
3. Farms - 9.0%
4. Architectural engineering and related services - 5.0%
5. Scientific research and development services - 5.0%
6. Management scientific and technical consulting services - 5.0%
1. Completion of a two- to three-year college program in a field related to agriculture, biology, microbiology, wildlife or resource management is usually required for employment as a biological technologist.
2. Completion of a one- to two-year college program in a related field is required for employment as a biological technician.
3. Certification with provincial associations is available, but voluntary.
4. Almost 2 in 10 have have either an undegraduate university degree or a community college diploma.
4. Social Studies
The average hourly wages for Biological Technologists and Technicians is $19.83/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.