Biological technologists and technicians

Biological technologists and technicians

NOC
2221

May work independently or provide technical services to scientists and engineers in fields, such as agriculture, ecology, plant and animal biology, microbiology and health sciences.

Quick facts

3-Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3-Year Job Openings

23
 

Median Hourly Wage

$22.04
$15.00
Low
$37.66
High

Median Salary

$32,393
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

294
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

66%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

Main Duties

Biological technologists and technicians perform 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.

Also Known As

  • 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
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

47.7%
Female
52.3%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

15.9%
15-24
22.2%
25-34
20.6%
35-44
20.6%
45-54
17.5%
55-64
3.2%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
30.8%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
7.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
21.5%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
40.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

30.8%
Public administration
27.7%
Professional, scientific and technical services
21.5%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
20.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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17.50%
Northeast
22.20%
Southeast
23.80%
Southwest
22.20%
Central
14.30%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$18,084
Northeast
$50,643
Southeast
$34,945
Southwest
$54,283
Central
$40,966
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$32,393

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$47,754

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$32,393

Newfoundland

$29,565

Prince Edward Island

$28,352

Nova Scotia

$47,899

Canada

$39,579
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3-Year

23
 

New Jobs: 3-Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3-Year

21
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10-Year

65
 

New Jobs: 10-Year

-5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10-Year

70