Pros: autonomy, a variety of responsibilities, freedom to choose work hours
Cons: very fast-paced (employees tend to burn out form the work load), low pay for the work accomplished, limited advancement opportunities
A typical work day involves continuous use, development, and design of biological assays and subsequent analysis of assay results. Skills gained include, but are not limited to: specific lab techniques and use of analysis software, multi-tasking, critical thinking, email communication with customers and upper-level management, and team work with co-workers to work towards a shared goal of customer satisfaction and quality results. Co-workers are focused and expected to meet specified metrics. The department is divided into several different teams, each with its own "team lead" and specific set of assays. More advanced technicians are cross-trained to fill in for absent coworkers. The most difficult part of this position is the constant flow of work and the unrelenting pace of the work. However, the most enjoyable part of the job is the autonomy granted and individual responsibilities allowed to each employee- this demonstrates a high level of trust in the technicians by upper-level management and is a reflection of the competency of employees.