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Scientific applications in the biological and agricultural industries have enabled our country to become one of the largest food and medicine producers in the world. Much of this research occurs in scientific laboratories where biological, agricultural and food technicians are employed. Biological, agricultural and food Technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results. Some working in production monitor manufacturing processes and may be involved in quality control. Biological technicians work with biologists studying living organisms. They may assist scientists who conduct medical research or study living organisms and infectious agents. Agricultural and Food technicians work with scientists in animal research, production and processing. Some conduct tests and experiments to improve the yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease, insects, or other hazards. Most employers prefer applicants who have at least 2 years of specialized training or an associate degree in applied science. However, many science technicians have a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology. Technicians usually begin work as trainees under the direct supervision of a scientist or a more experienced technician. Ensuring that our medicines are safe and our food supplies plentiful can be a very rewarding career.

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