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Biotechnology Technician
 
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Skill Requirements

Intellectual - basic

  • Attention to detail. This is a highly regulated industry and very detailed instructions must be carried out.
  • Responsible completion of assigned tasks.
  • Good communication skills, enabling understanding of verbal and written assignments

Intellectual - specialized

  • Knowledge and experience in the sciences is critical. Preferably, high school level biology, chemistry, physics, and math.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Knowledge and experience in a government regulated industry.

Social

  • Ability to work with others and communicate with supervisors.

Physical

  • Good hand-eye coordination.

Skill Maintenance Requirement

  • High. This industry is rapidly evolving, just as the computer industry was rapidly evolving in the 1970s and 1980s. As such, it is difficult to predict exactly what the future holds, but change will definitely be a large part of it. Employees are expected to be life-long learners and regularly update and increase their knowledge in the classroom.
    
 

Experience Prerequisites

Previous experience is strongly preferred by employers, particularly the smaller companies that don't have the infrastructure to train new employees. This is a good reason to start working in a biotech company as soon as possible, in any position. It is also a good reason to consider working through a temporary agency, where one can build up varied experience in a relatively short amount of time.

    
 

Education/Training Required

Training in the biological sciences is required, typically in the form of a Certificate or AA Degree in Biotechnology.

While a BS Degree is often declared a pre-requisite for Biotechnology Technicians, this requirement should loosen up as time goes on. In the meantime, it will be important to demonstrate your skills through prior experience. This experience could come from something as basic as being a Laboratory Support Worker, who is responsible for cleaning and distributing glassware throughout a laboratory.

The next section in this career guide ("Bay Area Education/Training Resources") provides detailed information on some of the training programs available for this occupation.

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