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What Can You do With a Masters Degree in Biotechnology?

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Job Titles:

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  • Biotechnology 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.
  • Biotechnology 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 to biotechnology.
  • Bioinformatician. 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.
  • Biotechnical 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.
  • Industry 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.
  • Project 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.
  • Research Associate. The research associate position in a university biotechnology program teams up new postdoctorate students with leaders in their field.
  • Senior 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 role.
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Laboratory Testing Administrator
  • Teaching at university
  • Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • Pharmaceutical Analyst
  • On-site Research Administrator
  • Industry Specialist
  • Program Manager
  • Director of Product Development

Places of Employment:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Agricultural industry
  • Fertilizer manufacturers, animal and plant breeding and production
  • Federal and state government laboratories and agencies
  • Industry, particularly biotechnology firms

Related Links:

  • BioInsights - Education and additional trainings for bioscience professionals
  • Bio-Link - National Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center for Biotechnology, working to expand educational programs in biotechnology
  • European Initiative for Biotechnology Education - get biotech news, data, and reports from the other side of the Atlantic
  • PharmWeb - information and networking on for the pharmaceutical industry
  • MassBioEd - Website for the Massachusetts Biology Council
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