Biological technicians work with biologists studying living organisms, often in medical research. In addition to performing routine tasks, many technicians, under the direction of scientists, now develop and adapt laboratory procedures to achieve the best results, interpret data, and devise solutions to problems.
There is extensive laboratory training in the program, and one of the last classes in the program is Applied Biotechnology Internship. A student must work a minimum of 120 hours in a laboratory or for a company, and the internship usually leads to employment with that lab. Some classes have field trips to local bioscience employers. Students should consider the ATC Bioscience program because major bioscience companies, eg Takeda, Athens Research & Technology, and Boehringer Ingelheim, are located in the ATC service area. Moreover, the program has strong links with these companies. These links are enhanced by graduates of the program, some of whom are in managerial positions, working in these companies. There are numerous bioscience employers in the ATC service area with high demands for laboratory technicians. Typical starting salaries range from $38,000 to $45,000.
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The program has state-of-the-art laboratory equipment with the same make/model of equipment that is used in industry, so that students work with equipment that closely matches what would be used by local bioscience employers.
Formal Articulation Agreements
Approximately half of our graduates enroll in 4-year colleges or universities upon completion of the bioscience Associate Degree. They attend such schools as the University of Georgia (formal articulation agreement), Piedmont University (formal articulation agreement), Georgia State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Emmanuel College.