Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221)

The following characteristics concern the occupation of
Biological Technicians (2221.2)

Definition

Biological technicians 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.

Objective (o)

Objective persons enjoy working with tools, equipment, instruments and machinery. They like to repair and/or fabricate things from various materials according to specifications and using established techniques. Objective persons are interested in finding out how things operate and how they are built.

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.

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 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3

Data, people, things

Compiling (D3)

Accumulating information usually recorded physically but which may be stored mentally; gathering, collating and classifying information about data, people and things; frequently reporting and/or carrying out a prescribed action in relation to the information.

Serving - Assisting (P7)

Attending to the needs and requests of people or animals or the expressed and implicit wishes of people; helping and supporting other workers in the performance of tasks.

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