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is the use of technology and biology to solve some of today's most
urgent cultural and scientific issues. Biotechnologists help
astronauts deal with effects of weightlessness, research medicines
and pharmaceuticals, and create fabrics for the runways of New York
and Milan. Biotechnology has transformed forensic science, as
portrayed in TV shows like CSI.
is found virtually everywhere: in breakfast cereal, coffee filters,
aspirin, climbing ropes, camping gear, and vitamins. Not to mention
other biotech products, such as canola oil, disease-resistant yeast,
hard cheeses, and most soybean products. 70 percent of all processed
food items readily available in the supermarket owe their existence
The primary responsibility of a bioinformatics specialist is to
design, develop, and use tools for gaining information about biotech
procedures. In addition, bioinformaticians must implement these
tools and analyze the data obtained from them. Many major companies,
especially in the food processing and pharmaceutical arenas, are
currently hiring many bioinformatics professionals.
Scientist. Requiring a PhD and at least two years of work and/or
research experience, the biotechnical scientist works as part of a
group of scientists on a given project.
Researcher. Researchers for a biotech company generally enjoy a
great deal of freedom and flexibility. A biotech researcher helps
define the range and scope of new areas of research.
Leader. A project leader (or a group leader) oversees the
collection, analysis, and integration of data from different
sources. He directs collaboration between group scientists as well
as two-way work with partner organizations.
Associate. The research associate position in a university
biotechnology program teams up new postdoctorate students with
leaders in their field.
Scientist. Employers expect senior scientists to bring excellent
interpersonal skills to their jobs. Strong communication skills and
a talent for presentation are equally important for success in this
and Development Technician
of Regulatory Affairs
of Product Development
Places of Employment:
manufacturers, animal and plant breeding and production
and state government laboratories and agencies
particularly biotechnology firms
- Education and additional trainings for bioscience professionals
- National Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center for
Biotechnology, working to expand educational programs in
Initiative for Biotechnology Education -
get biotech news, data, and reports from the other side of the
- information and networking on for the pharmaceutical industry
- Website for the Massachusetts Biology Council