Unlike other technical degrees that feed into one specific profession (like nursing/dental hygiene/automotive technician), the job possibilities for our potential graduates fall into a broad number of jobs at each of the many different stages of the biotechnology process.
Research and Development (R&D) - conduct groundbreakingscientificresearch with state-of-the-art technology. Biotech R&D technicians take the first steps toward curing the world's deadliest diseases. They design state-of-the-art products and services to meet the needs of scientists in the worldwide biomedical research community. This dynamic career path offers opportunities in a variety of research fields.
Quality Control and Assurance - perfect the systems and procedures of cutting-edge research and production. Making a biotechnology product involves meeting specifications for precision and safety. Quality Assurance requires the product to meet certain standards and specifications. These are the people who ensure that products are what the labels say they are.
Forensic Science – investigates crime scenes and evidence. Forensic science technicians investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. They collect and analyze DNA and tissue samples, and are responsible for helping solve crimes.
Manufacturing and Production - build innovative and life-saving scientific technology. Biomanufacturing is an essential component of today's biotech industry. A career in biomanufacturing requires creativity and innovative thinking. Biomanufacturing technicians are the experts on the development and maintenance of biotech machinery. They play an integral role in biotech research and are responsible for developing and maintaining the technology and innovative equipment that drives industry research.
Alternatively, they may be employed in specific sub sectors of biotechnology such as:
Agriculture - conducting genetic research that may someday help fight world hunger, agricultural bio-processing is one of the newest and most exciting fields in the biotech industry. Experts agree that the future of farming in the 21st century will be shaped by agricultural bio-processing technology.
Bioprocessing - helping save lives, making companies more profitable, and determining the future of medicine. Bioprocessing is an interdisciplinary specialty that draws on several scientific fields including: engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biochemistry, biology, and, of course, biotechnology.
Bioinformatics - working with sophisticated computer equipment, analyzing biological data, and creating massive genetic databases to unlock genetic secrets. The field of biology has progressively transitioned from a bench-based skill to a computer-based science. The bioinformatics sector represents the technological future of the biotech industry.
Therefore, there are a number of different job titles that our students may be eligible for. These include but are not limited to:
- Laboratory technician
- Biomanufacturing technician
- Forensic crime lab technician
- Quality control associate
- Manufacturing associate
- Research assistant
- Microbiology lab technician