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Biological Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 160

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.30 - $26.82

Typical Annual Salary: $36,000 - $55,800

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
  • 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.
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.
  • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Participate in the research, development, or manufacturing of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations.
  • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
  • 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.

tools & technology

  • Inverted microscopes
  • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
  • Microplate readers
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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