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Biotechnology Research Assistants
Requirements for becoming a biotechnology research assistant vary, but make sure to take classes in biology and chemistry in high school. Also, a wide variety of college preparatory courses, including English, history, and mathematics, can be helpful as can knowledge of at least one foreign language. Since writing and presenting research are important aspects of the research assistant’s work, you should take classes that strengthen these skills, such as public speaking, journalism, and statistics. Knowledge of computers, the Internet, and databases, as well as excellent library skills, are absolutely vital to this profession, and laboratory skills are essential.