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Job Title: Lab Animal Technician 

Description: Study the structure and nature of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or algea. Work to understand the metabolism, genetics, and ecology of these organisms to better understand how they impact the environment around them. Performs chemical and biological analyses, prepares reports, and disseminates findings through publication and scientific meetings.

Degree Required: AS

  • Associate's Degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges, and some four-year bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.

Skills Required: Computer skills, Farm animal care, Independent worker, Learns on the job, Oral communication skills, Quick thinker, Scientific thinker, Thinks outside the box, Time management skills, Works under pressure

Market Sector: Museum/Zoo/Aquarium, Non-Profit, Small Business, University/Education

Relative Salary:  $$

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