Biological technologists and technicians

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2221  ·  Browse All Occupations

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.

Alternate Job 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
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Agricultural Technologist
  • Agrology Technician
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Bacteriological Technician
  • Biological Laboratory Technologist
  • Botanical Technician
  • Fish Hatchery Technician
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Food Bacteriological Technician
  • Microbiology Quality Control Technologist
  • Microbiology Technologist (except Medical)
  • Plant Breeding Technician
  • Seed Technologist
  • Wildlife Biology Technician

Requried Skills for Biological technologists and technicians

  • AMPL
  • Attention to Detail
  • Auditing
  • Autoclaves
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cleanliness
  • Clinical Trials
  • Communications
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Coordinating
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cropping
  • Customer Service
  • Data Collection
  • Data Entry
  • Data Management
  • Decision-Making
  • Detail Oriented
  • Dissection
  • Distillation
  • Drug Development
  • Ecology
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Executive Search
  • Fabrication
  • Fermentation
  • Field Research
  • Filing
  • Food Science
  • Grammar
  • Hardworking
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Health Products
  • Indicators
  • Informatics
  • Innovation
  • Integration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internal Auditing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Investigation
  • Leadership
  • LINA
  • Lysis
  • Management
  • MARI
  • Memos
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Microsoft Office
  • Molecular Biology
  • Monit
  • Multitasking
  • NDepend
  • Novation
  • Oral Communication
  • Organizational Skills
  • Patience
  • Planning
  • Preparedness
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Prioritization
  • Problem Solving
  • Process Control
  • Professionalism
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Management
  • Refinement
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Reporting Tools
  • Requisition
  • Research And Development
  • RNA
  • RNA Extraction
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Sampling Design
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Sterilization
  • Sustainability
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Validation Protocols
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Work Independently
  • Written Communication

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for biological technologists and technicians.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree N/A
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate N/A
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma N/A
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma N/A
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level N/A
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above N/A
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree N/A
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for biological technologists and technicians.

Gender Median Income
Male $35,519
Female $35,428
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (4 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for biological technologists and technicians.

$31,200.00
Lowest Observed
$54,600.00
Highest Observed
$31,200.00
25th Percentile
$45,098.00
Average
$47,296.00
Median
$52,592.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for biological technologists and technicians

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 15
25 to 34 years 20
35 to 44 years 25
45 to 54 years 0
55 to 64 years 0
65 to 74 years 0
75 years and over 0
Total 75
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for biological technologists and technicians. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 40
Part Time 30
Total 70
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for biological technologists and technicians. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 40
Female 30
Total 75
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for biological technologists and technicians. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 75
Self Employed 0
Total 75
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for biological technologists and technicians. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 70
Unemployed 0
Total 75
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for biological technologists and technicians. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 0
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 10
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 10
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 10
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 0
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 40
Total 75
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Required Skills for Biological technologists and technicians

  • AMPL
  • Attention to Detail
  • Auditing
  • Autoclaves
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cleanliness
  • Clinical Trials
  • Communications
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Coordinating
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cropping
  • Customer Service
  • Data Collection
  • Data Entry
  • Data Management
  • Decision-Making
  • Detail Oriented
  • Dissection
  • Distillation
  • Drug Development
  • Ecology
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Executive Search
  • Fabrication
  • Fermentation
  • Field Research
  • Filing
  • Food Science
  • Grammar
  • Hardworking
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Health Products
  • Indicators
  • Informatics
  • Innovation
  • Integration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internal Auditing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Investigation
  • Leadership
  • LINA
  • Lysis
  • Management
  • MARI
  • Memos
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Microsoft Office
  • Molecular Biology
  • Monit
  • Multitasking
  • NDepend
  • Novation
  • Oral Communication
  • Organizational Skills
  • Patience
  • Planning
  • Preparedness
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Prioritization
  • Problem Solving
  • Process Control
  • Professionalism
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Management
  • Refinement
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Reporting Tools
  • Requisition
  • Research And Development
  • RNA
  • RNA Extraction
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Sampling Design
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Sterilization
  • Sustainability
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Validation Protocols
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Work Independently
  • Written Communication

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