Nature of Work
Bioscience technicians use the principles and theories of science and mathematics to assist in research and development and in the invention and improvement of products and processes. Technicians set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments; monitor experiments; make observations; calculate and record results; and often develop conclusions. They must keep detailed logs of all of their work. Those who perform production work monitor manufacturing processes and may ensure quality by testing products for proper proportions of ingredients, for purity, or for strength and durability.
As laboratory instrumentation and procedures have become more complex, the role of bioscience technicians in research and development has expanded. 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. Technicians must develop expert knowledge of laboratory equipment so that they can adjust settings when necessary and recognize when equipment is malfunctioning.
Biological technicians work with biologists studying living organisms. Many assist scientists who conduct medical research such as helping to find a cure for cancer or AIDS. Those who work in pharmaceutical companies help develop and manufacture medicines. 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 held about 80,200 jobs in 2012. The industries employing the most biological technicians in 2012 were as follows:
- Colleges, universities, and professional schools (32 percent)
- Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences (23 percent)
- Federal government (15 percent)
- Chemical manufacturing (8 percent)
- Hospitals (8 percent)
- Testing laboratories (4 percent)
Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2012 through 2022.
Credentials You Can Earn
The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:
- Nonrefundable application fee ($25)
- Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
- Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
- Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
- Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
- Malpractice Insurance Fee ($11 per year)
- Parking Fee ($20 per term)
- Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
- Registration Fee ($50 per term)
- Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
- Technology Fee ($105 per term)
Throughout the Program
- Textbooks (Approximately $3,500 for the associate degree program, $1,700 for the Biological Sciences Laboratory Technician program, $2,000 for the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory Technician program, and $1,300 for the Regulatory Compliance Technician program)
- Supply Fees (Varies — See course descriptions for exact amounts)These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.
These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.
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