Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221)

The following characteristics concern the occupation of
Biological Technologists (2221.1)

Definition

Biological technologists may work independently or 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.

Note: The codes in brackets and under the Aptitudes heading are for career development specialists. Under the Interests heading, the code is in upper or lower case letters depending on the degree of importance.

Interests

Methodical (M)

Methodical persons like to have clear rules and organized methods to guide their activities. They prefer working under the direction or supervision of others according to given instructions, or to be guided by established policies and procedures. Methodical persons like to work on one thing until it is completed. They enjoy following a set routine and prefer work that is free from the unexpected.

Directive (I)

Innovative persons like to explore things in depth and arrive at solutions to problems by experimenting. They are interested in initiating and creating different ways to solve questions and present information. They enjoy scientific subjects. Innovative persons prefer to be challenged with new and unexpected experiences. They adjust to change easily.

Directive (d)

Directive persons like to take charge and control situations. They like to take responsibility for projects that require planning, decision making and co-ordinating the work of others. They are able to give direction and instructions easily. They enjoy organizing their own activities. They see themselves as independent and self-directing.

Physical activities

Near vision (V2)

Work activities are performed near the worker. The scope of the visual field is broader than in Close visual acuity (1).

Relevant (C1)

Colour discrimination is relevant in the performance of the work.

Limited (H1)

Hearing is limited to short and/or infrequent verbal interactions in order to perform the work.

Sitting, standing, walking (B3)

This level involves work activities in combinations and varying degrees of Sitting (1) and Standing and/or walking (2).

Upper limb co-ordination (L1)

Work activities involve co-ordination of upper limbs.

Light (S2)

Work activities involve handling loads of 5 kg but less than 10 kg.

Aptitudes

G V N S P Q K F M
2 2 2 3 2 3 3 2 3

Data, people, things

Analyzing (D2)

Examining and evaluating data; frequently presenting alternative action in relation to the evaluation.

Supervising (P3)

Determining or interpreting work procedures for a group or team of workers, assigning specific duties to them, maintaining harmonious relations and promoting efficiency.

Precision working (C1)

Using the body and/or equipment to move, guide, place, install and/or interface with objects, in order to attain specifications and precise standards. Considerable judgment is required to select, adjust and utilize appropriate tools, products and/or materials to accomplish specified objectives.

Environmental conditions

Regulated inside climate (L1)

A normal controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.

Outside (L3)

An outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns.

Biological agents (H2)

Exposure to infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of indirect contact with, or direct handling of, infectious materials or micro organisms that may cause illness.

Note

Some technologists working in support of government and academic research in biology are university graduates.