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A career path for individuals who love research and working in a laboratory environment.

What Biotechnicians Do

Biotechnicians are primarily concerned with operating and maintaining equipment and instruments in a research laboratory

Biological Technicians or ‘Biotechnicians’ set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. They assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories.

Biotechnicians may also analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

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How to become a Biotechnician
Most Biotechnicians complete an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, health sciences or biomedicine.

Many go straight to work in a laboratory or research environment after graduation.

Some choose to pursue postgraduate studies, including a master degree or graduate diploma. This may provide an advantage when applying for more competitive or senior roles.

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Relevant Tasks
  • 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.
  • 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.

Biotechnicians require/develop the following valuable skills

Collecting Biological Specimens. 100%
Documentation & Report Writing 85%
Ensure Adherence to safety and quality Standards 95%
Laboratory Quality Control 85%
Monitor Operational Procedures 95%
Research Microbiological or Chemical Processes/Structures. 100%
Operating laboratory instruments & equipment 100%

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