Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.Number of Jobs in 2010: 503
Number of Jobs in 2020: 584
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 16.1
Annual Openings: 25
Entry Wage: $14.11
Median Wage: $18.09
Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree
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- Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
- Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.
- Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
- Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
- Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.
- Set up, adjust, calibrate, clean, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory and field equipment.
- Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing or animal feed.
- Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.
- Conduct standardized biological, microbiological or biochemical tests and laboratory analyses to evaluate the quantity or quality of physical or chemical substances in food or other products.
- Examine animals and specimens to detect the presence of disease or other problems.
- Participate in the research, development, or manufacturing of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations.
- Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.
- Provide technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, biology, and health sciences.
- Monitor and observe experiments, recording production and test data for evaluation by research personnel.
- Feed livestock or laboratory animals.
- Conduct or supervise operational programs such as fish hatcheries, greenhouses and livestock production programs.
Indivduals currently working as Biological Technicians can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists*
- Agricultural Technicians
- Chemical Technicians
- Food Science Technicians
- Geophysical Data Technicians
- Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians*
- Forensic Science Technicians
- Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
- Social Science Research Assistants
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians*
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013