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Career in Biotech

There are tremendous career opportunities in biotechnology-related fields available now and in the near future. The industry is growing rapidly, on a global scale, and analysis are predicted that it will have a profound impact on health care, agriculture, energy, and environmental management. Biotechnology used living cells and materials produced by cells to create pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural, and other products to benefit society. The science of biotechnology is also used to alter genetic information in animals and plants to improve them in some way that benefits people. Because biotechnology essential uses the basic ingredients of life to make new products, it is both a cutting-edge technology and an applied science. Analysts have predicted that biotechnology will be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century.


The United States is currently the world leader in the research, development, and commercialization of biotechnology products. These advances have brought to market life-saving health care products and microbial pesticides, and will soon offer healthier foods, disease- and insect-resistant crops, additional energy resources, environmental clean-up, and more.

The number of biotechnology companies increased worldwide by approximately 15 percent every year.

Compensation in biotechnology companies is competitive and includes incentives, such as stock option plans, company-wide stock purchase plans, and can bonus plans.

The following is a list of typical, entry-level biotechnology positions, followed by job descriptions.

Many of the entry-level biotechnology jobs described herein are the first of several tiers within the same general areas of responsibility.


  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Assistant
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Media Prep Technician
  • Greenhouse Assistant
  • Plant Breeder


  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Environmental health and safety specialist
  • Quality Assurance Auditor
  • Validation Engineer
  • Validation Technician


  • Clinical Research Administrator
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Clinical Programmer
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical Data Specialist
  • Drug Experience Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Animal Handler
  • Animal Technician
  • Technical Writer


  • Product Development Engineer
  • Production Planner Scheduler
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Packaging Operator
  • Manufacturing Research Associate
  • Instrument Calibration Technician
  • Biochemical Development Engineer
  • Process Development Associate
  • Assay Analyst
  • Manufacturing Engineer


  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Documentation Coordinator
  • Documentation Specialist


  • Library Assistant
  • Scientific Programmer Analyst
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Systems Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Technical Services Representative


  • Technical Recruiter
  • Human Resources Representative
  • Buyer
  • Patent Administrator
  • Patent Agent