Biological technicians work with biologists studying living organisms.
Many assist scientists who conduct medical research -- helping to find a
cure for cancer or AIDS, for example. Those who work in pharmaceutical
companies help develop and manufacture medicine.
Those working in the
field of microbiology generally work as laboratory assistants, studying
living organisms and infectious agents. Biological technicians also
analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs. Biological
technicians working in biotechnology apply knowledge and techniques
gained from basic research, including gene splicing and recombinant DNA,
and apply them to product development.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.