Biological science laboratory technicians can perform a wide range of tasks depending on the type of biological laboratory in which they are employed. A botany lab, for example, will require that the laboratory technician properly care for and manage the plants being studied at the laboratory. The laboratory technician would be responsible for planting seeds, watering plants, maintaining their health and aiding in their reproduction if necessary. The technician would also perform experiments on the plants to fulfill the purposes and studies of the laboratory.
Biological science laboratory technicians may also work with bee keepers. In working with bee keepers, the laboratory technician would monitor the health and activities of the bee hive. Often in this scenario, the laboratory technician would be aiding in the application of new techniques or substances to enhance honey yield.
One of the most common types of labs in which biological science laboratory technicians work is a medical research lab. At a medical research lab, the biological technicians aid in a wide variety of tasks such as the development of new medicine, surgeries or rehabilitation techniques. The technicians will often carry out experiments, collect and analyze data and prepare reports.
Regardless of the environment, a biological science laboratory technician must be able to pay attention to detail and use scientific methods to further human understanding. The technicians must be able to follow research directions assist researchers with designing and carrying out experiments. Due to the technical and scientific nature of these types of positions, most employers usually require a bachelor's degree.