22110 – Biological technologists and technicians



22110 – Biological technologists and technicians
Biological technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals working in fields such as agriculture, resource management, environmental protection, plant and animal biology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology and health sciences, or may work independently in these fields. They are employed in both laboratory and field settings by governments, manufacturers of food products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, health, research and educational institutions, environmental consulting companies, and resource and utilities companies.


Index of titles
Agricultural sciences technician
Agricultural technician
Agricultural technologist
Agrology technician
Agrology technologist
Agronomy technician
Agronomy technologist
Aquaculture technician
Aquatic biology technician
Bacteriological technician
Bacteriological technologist
Biological forensic laboratory technologist
Biological laboratory technologist
Biological technician
Biological technologist
Biotechnology technician
Botanical technician
Botanical technologist
Crop production technician
Dairy products technician
Dairy technologist
Ecological technician
Ecological technologist
Eel culture technician
Entomological technician
Entomological technologist
Field crop technician
Field crop technologist
Fish culturist
Fish farm technologist
Fish hatchery technician
Fish roe technician
Fisheries technician
Fisheries technologist
Fishery bacteriological technician
Fishery bacteriological technologist
Food bacteriological technician
Food bacteriological technologist
Habitat management technician
Hair and fibre forensic examiner
Ichthyological technician
Ichthyological technologist
Industrial bacteriological technician
Industrial bacteriological technologist
Life sciences research technician
Lobster culture technician
Malacology technician
Mammalogy technician
Mammalogy technologist
Marine biological technician
Marine biology technician
Marine biology technologist
Marine culture technologist
Marine farming technologist
Microbiological technician
Microbiology quality control technologist
Microbiology technician (except medical)
Microbiology technologist (except medical)
Mycological technician
Mycological technologist
Nanobiotechnology technician
Natural resources technician - biology
Ornithological technician
Ornithological technologist
Oyster culture technician
Pisciculture bacteriological technologist
Plant breeding technician
Plant pathology technician
Plant pathology technologist
Poultry technician
Poultry technologist
Sea-farming technologist
Seed technologist
Soil bacteriological technician
Soil bacteriological technologist
Vaccine technician
Virology technologist
Wildlife biology technician
Wildlife resources technician
Wildlife technician
Wildlife technologist
Zoo foreman/woman
Zoo supervisor
Zoological technician
Zoological technologist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Biological technologists
Set up and conduct biological, microbiological and biochemical tests and laboratory analyses in support of research and quality control in food production, sanitation, pharmaceutical production, biotechnology and other fields
Apply methods and techniques such as microscopy, histochemistry, chromatography, electrophoresis and spectroscopy
Perform experimental procedures in agriculture, plant breeding, animal husbandry, biology and biomedical research
Conduct field research and surveys to collect data and samples of water, soil, and plant and animal populations
Conduct environmental monitoring and compliance activities for the protection of fisheries stock, wildlife and other natural resources
Analyze data and prepare reports
Conduct or supervise operational programs such as fish hatchery, greenhouse and livestock production programs.
Biological technicians
Assist in conducting biological, microbiological and biochemical tests and laboratory analyses
Perform limited range of technical functions in support of agriculture, plant breeding, animal husbandry, biology, biomedical research and environmental protection
Assist in conducting field research and surveys to collect data and samples of water, soil, and plant and animal populations
Assist in analysis of data and preparation of reports.


Employment requirements
Completion of a two- to three-year college program in a field related to agriculture, biology, microbiology, wildlife or resource management is usually required for employment as a biological technologist.
Completion of a one- to two-year college program in a related field is required for employment as a biological technician.
Certification with provincial associations is available, but voluntary.


Additional information
Some technologists and technicians working in support of government and academic research in biology are university graduates.
There is limited mobility among occupations in this group.


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Biochemistry technologist; biochemistry laboratory technician (in 22100 Chemical technologists and technicians)
Biologists and related scientists (21110)
Biomedical engineering technologist (in 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians)
Conservation and fishery officers (22113)
Forestry technologists and technicians (22112)
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
Medical laboratory technologists (32120)