Biotechnology Careers

Biomedical Engineers
Biomedical engineers combine biology and medical concepts with
engineering to develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. Many do research to develop and evaluate systems and products for use in the fields of biology and health, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. Some specialties within biomedical engineering include biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering. Unlike many other engineering specialties, a graduate degree is recommended or required for many entry-level jobs.
Environmental Scientists
Environmental scientists use their expertise to protect natural resources. If you're interested in chemistry, you might examine how certain chemicals affect plants, animals, and people.
Biological Technicians
Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
A chemist is a scientist trained in the science of chemistry. Chemists study the composition of matter and its properties such as density, acidity, size and shape. Chemists carefully describe the properties they study in terms of quantities, with detail on the level of molecules and their component atoms. Chemists carefully measure substance proportions, reaction rates, and other chemical properties.
Microbiologists investigate the fascinating world of organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye. Although known by many different titles, a microbiologist is a scientist who studies living organisms and infectious agents many of which can only be seen with a microscope. They also study the interaction of microorganisms with people. Everyday microbiologists around the world explore, investigate and discover how these organisms, called microbes exist and affect our lives.
Chemical Technicians
Chemical technicians assist chemists and chemical engineers who develop, produce, and use chemical products, equipment, and related items. Most chemical technicians work for private companies, especially those that make chemicals, drugs, rubber, and steel. Chemical technicians also work for government agencies, universities, and hospitals. Because the chemical industry is so broad, technicians often specialize in one particular area, such as food processing or the production of drugs.
Computer Specialists
Computer support specialists provide technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users. This occupational group includes technical support specialists and help-desk technicians. These troubleshooters interpret problems and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems. They answer telephone calls, analyze problems by using automated diagnostic programs, and resolve recurring difficulties.
A Biochemists' day includes some laboratory duties, such as culturing, filtering, purifying, drying, weighing, and measuring substances using special instruments. Research goes to the study the effects of foods, drugs, allergens and other substances on living tissues. Many biochemists are also interested in molecular biology, the study of life at the molecular level and the study of genes and gene expression. In the lab, biochemists need to have experience working around diverse liquid and gaseous chemicals and must know to take appropriate precautionary measures.
Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Analysts complete or oversee a variety of professional assignments to measure and improve the accuracy and effectiveness of processes for delivery of public assistance and services. Duties are performed in accordance with federal quality control regulations and existing state program policies.
Senior Research Scientist
This full-time academic professional position involves a variety of research and development activities in relevant technical areas of science, engineering, and computing technology. It requires the ability to work either independently or collaboratively, as required by a given project. A high degree of professional maturity is required, commensurate with substantial experience beyond the Ph.D. degree.
Medical and Clinical Lab Techs
Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory technologists—also referred to as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists—and clinical laboratory technicians, also known as medical technicians or medical laboratory technicians, perform most of these tests.
Agriculture and Food Science Technicians
Agricultural and food science technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments and test kitchen equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results, and often develop conclusions. Those who work in production monitor manufacturing processes and may be involved in quality control, testing products for proper proportions of ingredients and purity.