Biological Technical Assistant (BTA)

Job Description

The activities of the BTA covers all areas of biology but also related disciplines such as medicine and environmental sciences. Employment fields are found mainly in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, cell culture technology and microbiology but also in the classic disciplines such as botany and zoology.

Job Opportunities

The majority of the BTAs are engaged in research and thus actively involved in basic research. In these areas, the BTA is responsible for the processing of plant and animal tissue and for their further study and cultivation. A BTA is also involved in the development and establishment of specific detection methods for routine examinations. In the field of laboratory animal care, BTAs are responsible for compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. In all areas a dutiful documentation and analysis of the data with modern software is essential.


Due to the diversity of activities BTAs have – seen nationwide – a good chance of a job, especially in companies and research institutes in the field of biotechnology. The chance of finding a job abroad is also positive. Many companies offer both internal seminarsas well as the opportunity to attend external training opportunities. This results in good opportunities for promotion. The additional gaining of an advanced technical college certificate means that a further graduation can be engaged in.
Since spring 2008, the BTA training course has been officially accredited. Thus it is possible that individual learning contents are recognised by universities with a consequent reduction in the total study time.

Academic Education

As can be seen from the curriculum, BTA`s receive a wide-ranging education. Only in this way is it possible to lay the foundations for a highly skilled workforce. In the theoretical lessons aspiring BTAs get a solid basic knowledge imparted to them in the fields of natural sciences. In the practical training not only the technical skills and an understanding of the experimental procedures but also the documentation of data and their analysis are expanded upon. Students are encouraged and guided to work independently, whilst the social skills also encouraged at the same time by teamwork.


After a training period of 2 years, an exam is taken to become a “state-certified BTA”. Here, the theoretical and practical skills are reviewed in written exam papers and a project work.


Do you have a qualified secondary education (high school) or equivalent? Do you have fun in teamwork and dare to take over responsibility? Have fun experimenting and logical and creative thinking?
If so, then you have the best conditions for this varied, interesting and future-proof profession!