One of the main questions repeatedly asked from biotechnology professionals is what can I do with a biotechnology degree, social beliefs think that the only way of biotechnology is in the laboratory but it is a wrong vision.
With a biotechnology degree you can start and join lots of job position and startups but usually the main categories are: Biological Technician, Microbiologist, Research Scientist, Biomedical Engineer, Quality Assurance Manager, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Research and Development Manager, Marketing or Business Development Manager and lots of other jobs. Today we want to take a look at what a biotech student can do as a biological technician.
This entry level of this position as a biological technician, supports activity in biological or medical laboratories under supervision of a biologist or medical scientist. Job duties include maintaining lab equipment and supplies, collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis that is an integrated field with skills of bioinformatics and computational biology or usually using a simple software to analyze data, preparing solutions and reagents, conducting experiments, and research data collection and entry. Technicians follow safety and quality assurance protocols during experiments and procedures for safe disposal of contaminants. Biological technicians may train and supervise other lab personnel. The position requires attention to detail and good communication skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median payment for biological technicians is about $46000 per year. Similar to: laboratory technician, laboratory assistant, medical technologist, animal laboratory technician, microbiology technician, forensic science technician, R&D laboratory assistant, and agricultural and food science technician.
Now you have a vision of what you can do as a biological technician in a laboratory, please comment on your opinion and tell us your experience about this.