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Description
Biological technicians are typically responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and
analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate
their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced
robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized
computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological
technicians will need to collect samples. To do this, they may need to have certain skills,
such as handling a boat, so they can collect water samples.
Sample Job Titles: Research Assistant, Resource Biologist, Wildlife Biology Technician

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Estimated Salary

$66,774 - $94,777
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Education Level
Secondary School
On-the-job Training
College/Apprenticeship

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Compatibility

71%
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Biological Technicians Career Profile


Assist biological and medical
scientists in laboratories.
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Workplace

Work Environment
Biological technicians typically work in laboratories and offices, where they conduct
experiments and analyze the results under the supervision of biological scientists and
medical scientists. Some biological technicians who do fieldwork may be exposed to
weather events and wildlife, such as mosquitoes.
Biological technicians must follow strict procedures to avoid contaminating the
experiment, themselves, or the environment. Some experiments may involve dangerous
organisms or toxic substances.
Biological technicians work together on teams under the direction of biologists or other
scientists.

Main Duties

Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.


Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field
equipment.
Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology
industrial applications to perform work duties.
Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of
findings.
Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of
information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.
Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation
by research personnel.
Provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields
such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, biology, and health
sciences.

Important Skills

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to be able to conduct scientific


experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.
Communication skills. Biological technicians must be able to understand and follow
the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to clearly
communicate their processes and findings in written reports.
Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental
results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their


experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, such as the
conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed,
and the results they obtained.
Technical skills. Biological technicians must be able to set up and operate
sophisticated equipment and instruments. They may also need to adjust equipment to
ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Career Cluster

This cluster includes everything from working as an engineer


in aerospace, hazardous waste to telecommunications on
the technology and engineering side. Under science and
mathematics occupations include everything from being a

Science, Technology,

chemist, to an anthropologist, nutritionist to cartographer.

Engineering and

Specific tasks can include providing scientific research and

Mathematics

professional and technical services, laboratory and testing


services, and research and development services.

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Job Outlook

Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories

Not Available

Nunavut

Not Available

Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

Not Available

Job Outlook based on NOC 3212 (Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants)

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Salary Ranges

Canada

$39,856 - $84,323

Alberta

$66,774 - $94,777

British Columbia

$24,080 - $78,918

Manitoba

$52,167 - $73,034

New Brunswick

$33,387 - $80,254

Newfoundland and Labrador

$56,674 - $78,730

Nova Scotia

$31,300 - $80,254

Northwest Territories

Not Available

Nunavut

Not Available

Ontario

$40,669 - $85,241

Prince Edward Island

Not Available

Quebec

$41,734 - $68,860

Saskatchewan

$67,984 - $86,430

Yukon

Not Available

Salary Ranges are based on hourly rates for NOC 3212 (Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants) and an estimated
2086 hours per year

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Employment Growth

2012

105,015

2013

107,893

2014

110,182

2015

112,273

2016

114,030

2017

115,407

2018

116,749

2019

118,116

2020

119,195

2021

120,370

2022

121,604

Employment Growth based on Stats Canada Occupation Group 321

Requirements

Education Level

Secondary School

On-the-job Training

College/Apprenticeship

University

Requirements

Completion of a one- to two-year college program in a related field is required for


employment as a biological technician.
Certification with provincial associations is available, but voluntary.

Subject Areas

Computers

Mathematics

Science

Related Programs

Chemical and
Environmental...

Health Science

Health Studies

University of Calgary

University of Toronto - St.

British Columbia Institute of

George Campus

Technology

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89%

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Artistic
54%

44%

11%

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Conventional
38%

33%

22%

61%

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56%

56%

42%

Business

27%

Computers
56%

50%

20%

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Science
50%

39%

13%

41%

Social Science

Mathematics
39%

33%

16%

32%

Creative Arts

English
33%

33%

18%

12%

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Working Conditions
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83%

56%

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Relationships

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53%

47%

39%

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Recognition
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56%

33%

Compatibility
Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.

Maybe not

Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field
equipment.

Somewhat

Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.

Maybe not

Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology


industrial applications to perform work duties.

Somewhat

Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and


summaries of findings.

Maybe not

Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection


of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.

Somewhat

Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.

Just a bit

Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.

Somewhat

Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for
evaluation by research personnel.

Somewhat

Provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in
fields such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management,
biology, and health sciences.

Resources

Just a bit

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Helpful Links
Ontario:
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario
www.cmlto.com
Alberta:
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta
http://cmlta.org/
Saskatchewan:
Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists
www.ssmlt.ca
New Brunswick:
New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists
www.nbsmlt.nb.ca/index.asp

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