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  Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
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Typical Tasks:
  • Input data into databases.
  • Place orders for laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
  • Monitor laboratory work to ensure compliance with set standards.
  • Isolate, identify and prepare specimens for examination.
  • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
  • Conduct research or assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples, such as blood, water, soil, plants and animals.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems..
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making..
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
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Education & Training:
  Bachelor's degree
Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $51,179.00 $24.61 $16.12 $17.71 - $31.27
Bridgeport/Stamford $50,794.00 $24.41 $16.73 $18.10 - $31.33
Hartford $47,007.00 $22.60 $16.35 $18.39 - $26.60
New Haven $56,617.00 $27.22 $18.84 $20.93 - $32.87
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 590 650 0.8% 22
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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