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Develop usable, tangible products, using knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. Solve problems related to materials, systems, or processes that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, or biological materials.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Fog or mist generators
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  • Extruders
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  • Reactors or fermenters or digesters
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  • Optical diffraction apparatus
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  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Presentation software
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  • Operating system software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Read current scientific or trade literature to stay abreast of scientific, industrial, or technological advances.
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  • Prepare technical reports, data summary documents, or research articles for scientific publication, regulatory submissions, or patent applications.
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  • Participate in equipment or process validation activities.
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  • Collaborate in the development or delivery of biochemical manufacturing training materials.
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  • Prepare piping or instrumentation diagrams or other schematics for proposed process improvements, using computer-aided design software.
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  • Modify or control biological systems to replace, augment, or sustain chemical or mechanical processes.
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  • Maintain databases of experiment characteristics or results.
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  • Lead studies to examine or recommend changes in process sequences or operation protocols.
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  • Direct experimental or developmental activities at contracted laboratories.
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  • Develop statistical models or simulations of biochemical production, using statistical or modeling software.
  •  Skills
     
  • 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.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • 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
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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $104,423.00 $50.21  $35.32  $40.50 - $59.38 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $122,053.00 $58.68  $35.25  $42.35 - $67.65 
    Danbury $85,082.00 $40.90  $27.67  $33.23 - $49.09 
    Hartford $99,188.00 $47.69  $34.31  $37.76 - $57.62 
    New Haven $99,016.00 $47.60  $35.39  $40.97 - $57.30 
    New London/Norwich $109,567.00 $52.68  $40.20  $45.52 - $60.51 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   48
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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