So, you think you might want a career in Bioscience Technologies?
Biological Technicians & Technologists work with scientists, engineers and other professionals in fields such as agriculture, resource management, environmental protection, plant and animal biology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology and health sciences, or may work independently in these fields. They are employed in both laboratory and field settings by governments, manufacturers of food products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, health, research and educational institutions, environmental consulting companies and resource and utilities companies.
Things that Biological Technicians & Technologists do at work are:
- Conduct or assist in biological, microbiological and biochemical tests and laboratory analyses in support of quality control in food production, sanitation, pharmaceutical production and other fields.
- Perform or assist in experimental procedures in agriculture, plant breeding, animal husbandry, biology and biomedical research.
- Conduct field research and surveys to collect data and samples of water, soil, plant and animal populations.
- Conduct or assist in environmental monitoring and compliance activities for the protection of fisheries stock, wildlife and other natural resources.
- Conduct or supervise operational programs such as fish hatchery, greenhouse and livestock production programs.
- Analyze data and prepare reports.
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. Completion of a one to two-year college program in a related field is required for employment as a biological technician. Voluntary certification with provincial associations is available.
Salary & Job Information
For more information on how much Biological Technologists & Technicians make, the expected number of future job openings, where the jobs are and the current workforce opportunities specifically for this trade, visit the Work BC Career Profile here.
Completion of secondary school is required. Technologists in this unit group require completion of a two to three-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system or geomatics. Technicians in this unit group require completion of a one to two year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system or geomatics.