Research Laboratory Technology

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The Research Laboratory Technology program at Bakersfield College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as a laboratory technician.

The program emphasizes hands-on experience in the laboratory, providing students with practical training in a variety of laboratory techniques. Students will also learn about laboratory safety and quality control, as well as laboratory management and record-keeping. The program is taught by experienced faculty members who are committed to helping students succeed in this dynamic and rewarding field.

What is Research Laboratory Technology?

Research Laboratory Technology (RTEC) refers to the field of science that focuses on the operation and management of laboratory facilities, equipment, and procedures. RTEC professionals are responsible for ensuring that laboratory work is conducted safely, efficiently, and accurately. They perform a variety of tasks, including preparing and maintaining laboratory equipment, handling and storing laboratory samples and materials, analyzing data, and maintaining laboratory records. RTEC professionals are typically employed in a variety of laboratory settings, including medical laboratories, biotechnology companies, academic research labs, and government agencies. A career in RTEC requires a strong background in science, as well as excellent organizational and communication skills.

Is Research Laboratory Technology Right for Me?

Research Laboratory Technology (RTEC) can be an excellent fit for individuals who are interested in science, enjoy hands-on work, and have a detail-oriented and methodical approach to problem-solving. RTEC professionals need to be comfortable working with laboratory equipment, chemicals, and biological materials, and should have a strong understanding of laboratory safety procedures. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also important, as RTEC professionals often work as part of a team, and may interact with a variety of stakeholders, including laboratory staff, researchers, and clients. Additionally, individuals interested in a career in RTEC should have a strong work ethic, be able to multitask, and be comfortable working under pressure, as laboratory work often involves tight deadlines and complex procedures. Finally, individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in RTEC should have a solid educational background in science, with a focus on laboratory techniques and procedures.

Research Laboratory Technology Degrees

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This program will provide a foundation in science theory and practice for students to later receive training leading to technician careers in chemical, biological, and environmental testing and compliance; and to prepare students for emerging opportunities in sustainable energy careers.
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Bakersfield College’s Baccalaureate Degree Program in Research Laboratory Technology will train students in key skills, scientific theory, and laboratory practices to equip them for technician careers utilizing: (1) modern instrumentation for qualitative and quantitative sample analyses, (2) “good laboratory practice”, cleaning, and laboratory maintenance, (3) documentation skills for OSHA and other laboratory regulations and standards, and (4) computer systems for program management and reporting.
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Bakersfield College's Baccalaureate Degree Program in Research Laboratory Technology will train students with key skills and a foundation in science theory and practice to equip them for technician careers.
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Graduates with an associate of science degree in Research Laboratory Technology (RTEC) are well-prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of laboratory settings, including academic research labs, medical labs, and biotechnology companies. Some of the most common careers for RTEC graduates include:

  • Laboratory Technician: Laboratory technicians perform a variety of tasks, including setting up and maintaining laboratory equipment, preparing and analyzing samples, and recording and interpreting data.
  • Research Assistant: Research assistants work under the direction of a principal investigator, helping to design and conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and maintain laboratory records.
  • Quality Control Technician: Quality control technicians are responsible for ensuring that laboratory work is conducted in accordance with established protocols and procedures, and that all results are accurate and reliable.
  • Biotechnology Technician: Biotechnology technicians work in biotechnology companies, assisting in the development and production of biotech products, such as vaccines, drugs, and genetically modified organisms.
  • Medical Laboratory Technician: Medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings, performing diagnostic tests on patient samples, such as blood and urine, to help diagnose and treat diseases.

Overall, graduates with an Research Laboratory Technician degree can look forward to a rewarding career in a growing field that offers opportunities for professional development and advancement.

Academic Department: Physical Science

Career & Learning Pathway: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Pathway

Courses: Chemistry (CHEM) and Research Technology RTEC

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