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NOC 2221 Biological technologists and technicians

To apply under NOC-2221 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Biological technologists and technicians.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

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.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Survey interviewers and statistical clerks. 

NOC 2221 – Biological technologists and technicians: example 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 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
  • foreman/woman, zooforeman, zoo, forewoman, zoo, zoo foreman, zoo forewoman
  • forensic examiner, hair and fibre
  • forensic laboratory technologist, biological
  • habitat management technician
  • 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
  • research technician, life sciences
  • sea-farming technologist
  • seed technologist
  • soil bacteriological technician
  • soil bacteriological technologist
  • technician, dairy products
  • technician, fisheries
  • technician, microbiology (except medical)
  • technician, wildlife
  • technician, wildlife resources
  • technologist, fisheries
  • technologist, microbiology (except medical)
  • technologist, wildlife
  • vaccine technician
  • virology technologist
  • wildlife biology technician
  • wildlife resources technician
  • wildlife technician
  • wildlife technologist
  • zoo foreman/woman
  • zoo supervisor
  • zoological technician
  • zoological technologist

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.

Additional Information

  • There is limited mobility among occupations in this group.
  • Some technologists and technicians working in support of government and academic research in biology are university graduates.


  • Agricultural and fish products inspectors (2222)
  • Biochemistry technologists and biochemistry laboratory technicians (in 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians)
  • Biologists and related scientists (2121)
  • Biomedical engineering technologists (in 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians)
  • Conservation and fishery officers (2224)
  • Forestry technologists and technicians (2223)
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants (3212)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (3211)

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