Biological technicians and 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.
- AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIAN
- AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIST
- AGROLOGY TECHNICIAN
- AQUACULTURE TECHNICIAN
- BACTERIOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN
- BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST
- BOTANICAL TECHNICIAN
- FISH HATCHERY TECHNICIAN
- FISHERIES TECHNICIAN
- FOOD BACTERIOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN
- MICROBIOLOGY QUALITY CONTROL TECHNOLOGIST
- MICROBIOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST
- PLANT BREEDING TECHNICIAN
- WILDLIFE BIOLOGY TECHNICIAN
- BIOCHEMISTRY TECHNOLOGISTS
- BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY TECHNICIANS
- BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGISTS
- ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIST
- RESOURCE M ANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIST
On the Job...
Things that biological technicians and 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.