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Laboratory Technicians and Technologists

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Laboratory technicians and technologists work in clean, well-lit, and usually air-conditioned settings. They often handle infectious materials, hazardous chemicals, and sometimes radioactive substances. In general, there are few hazards associated with these materials as long as proper methods of sterilization and handling of specimens, materials, and equipment are used. Some lab professionals work in clean rooms and must wear special protective clothing. Those employed in agricultural biotechnology sometimes work outdoors.

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