So You Want to Work in Biotechnology…

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So You Want to Work
in Biotechnology…

By Dallas Duncan

and Dr. Frank B. Flanders

June 2010

Working in a Lab


Laboratory Technicians


Biotechnology Research Associate


Biotechnology Research Scientist


Clinical Research Associate


Working in a Lab:

Laboratory Technician


Duties:


Help scientists gather
information, materials, and
samples


Set up apparatuses, perform
calculations, and draw graphs
and charts


Perform experiments and record
all data


Responsible for cleaning
materials used during
experiments


Education:

Associate’s or
bachelor’s degree


Average Salary:

$16 per hour

Working in a Lab:

Biotechnology Research Associates
and Scientists


Duties:


Responsible for research and
development projects in
collaboration with others


Makes observations,
analyses, and presentations
of data


Investigates new methods
and discoveries


Education:

Bachelor’s or
Master’s


Average Salary:

$42,000
per year

Working in a Lab:

Clinical Research Associate


Duties:


Monitor clinical trials


Makes on
-
site visits and
reviews cases


Communicate with
clinical research
investigators


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$57,899 per year

Working in Life Sciences


Cell Biologist


Chemical Technician


Chemist


Genetics Engineer


Microbiologist


Molecular Biologist


Research Biologist

Working in Life Sciences:

Cell Biologist


Duties:


Study the physiological
properties, structure,
organelles, environment, and
life cycle of cells


Learn about single
-

and multi
-
celled organisms


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

Between
$35,000 and $70,000 per
year

Working in Life Sciences:

Chemical Technician


Duties:


Assist chemists and chemical
engineers specific to one area


Conduct laboratory
procedures and analyze data


Help perform tests on new
products or methods


Education:

High school plus
two years of training


Average Salary:

$18.35 per
hour

Working in Life Sciences:

Chemist


Duties:


Study composition of matter
and its properties


Measure substance
proportions, reaction rates,
and other chemical
properties


Many sub
-
disciplines related
to specific areas of chemistry


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$45,609
per year

Working in Life Sciences:

Genetics Engineer


Duties:



Study the manipulation
of genes used in cloning
and transformation


Create new agricultural
products and medical
procedures


Education:

Doctoral
degree


Average Salary:

$65,110 per year

Working in Life Sciences:

Microbiologist


Duties:


Study bacteria, fungi, viruses,
and protists and how these
organisms interact with and
affect humans and the
environment


Many different sub
-
disciplines


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$48,661
per year

Working in Life Sciences:

Molecular Biologist


Duties:


Study the genetics and
physiology of microorganisms
in relation to human, plant,
and animal health


Research how
microorganisms can be used
in medicine and food
production


Education:

Master’s degree
or higher


Average Salary:

$51,020
per year

Working in Life Sciences:

Research Biologist


Duties:


Conduct experiments
and analyze data about
living organisms


Many different fields,
including environmental
protection and medicine


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$52,000 per year

Working in Agriculture


Genetically Modified
Food Specialist


Laboratory Animal
Caretakers


Veterinarian


Veterinary
Technician


Veterinary
Technologist

Working in Agriculture:

Genetically Modified Food Specialist


Duties:


Research new foods and
products created using GMO
technology


Determine the health and
environmental effects of
GMO technology


Education and salary will
differ depending on the job
and the company because
this field of research is still
very new

Working in Agriculture:

Laboratory Animal Caretaker


Duties:


Feed, water, and examine
animals for signs of illness,
disease, or injury


Clean and disinfect cages and
surgical equipment


Assist veterinary technicians
in post
-
operative care and
sample preparation


Education:

High school


Salary:

$9.98 per hour

Working in Agriculture:

Veterinarian


Duties:


Practice medicine and surgery
on small, large, and exotic
animals


Research in pharmaceuticals
and epidemiology to study
diseases and how new
products affect animals


Education:

Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine


Average Salary:

$70,000 to
$91,000 per year

Working in Agriculture:

Veterinary Technician and
Technologist


Duties:


Perform laboratory tests


Assist veterinarian in
performing surgery and other
medical procedures


Similar to what a nurse does
for a doctor


Technologist can work in
research
-
related fields


Education:

Associate’s
degree for technician,
Bachelor’s degree for
technologist


Average Salary:

$30,000 to
$40,000 per year

Working in the Medical Field


Epidemiologist


Medical Scientist


Medical Writer


Pharmaceutical
Project Manager

Working in the Medical Field:

Epidemiologist


Duties:


Study the frequency and
distribution of diseases in
human populations and
environments


Perform research, education,
and public health practices


Recommend public health
policy


Education:

Master’s degree
or higher


Average Salary:

$30,000 to
$50,000 per year

Working in the Medical Field:

Medical Scientist


Duties:


Research to advance
knowledge of life processes
and infectious agents


Work in clinical investigation,
writing, and peer review of
research


Education:

Doctoral degree


Average Salary:

$72,590
per year

Working in the Medical Field:

Medical Writer


Duties:


Produce scientific
documentation of
studies and research
done by doctors and
scientists


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree


Average Salary:

$65,000 to $115,000
per year

Working in the Medical Field:

Pharmaceutical Project Manager


Duties:


Oversee development
efforts for new drugs


Coordinate and monitor
clinical trials of new
medicine


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$79,000
to $127,000 per year

Working in Biomedical
Engineering


Prosthetist


Clinical Engineer


Information
Technologist


Systems Engineer


Robotics Engineer


Working in Biomedical Engineering:

Prosthetist


Duties:


Measures, designs, fits,
and services a prosthesis


Invents prostheses for the
lower and upper body
limbs


Education:

Master’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$65,323
per year

Working in Biomedical Engineering:

Clinical Engineer


Duties:


Support and advance patient
care with innovative
engineering and managerial
methods


Work in product
development to ensure
patient safety


Education:

Doctoral degree


Average Salary:

$46,741 to
$75,802 per year

Working in Biomedical Engineering:

Information Technologist


Duties:


Study, design, develop,
implement and manage
technology used to share and
store information


Similar to programs in some
computer science and
information systems
professions


Education:

Bachelor’s
degree or higher


Salaries:

$43,450 per year

Working in Biomedical Engineering:

Systems Engineer


Duties:


Study logistics,
coordination, and
automated processes to
handle projects


Overlaps with control
engineering and project
management careers


Education:

Doctoral
degree


Salary:

$49,520 to
$78,362 per year

Working in Biomedical Engineering:

Robotics Engineer


Duties:


Research and design robots


Work with electronics,
mechanics, and software


Study innovative uses of
robotics in fields such as
medicine and manufacturing


Education:

Master’s degree
or higher


Salary:

$50,000 to $60,000
per year


Working…Anywhere!


Biostatistician


Process Technician


Quality Control
Analyst


Software Engineer

Working…Anywhere:

Biostatistician


Duties:


Apply statistics to
biological experiments


Collect, summarize,
analyze and interpret
data from experiments


Education:

Master’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$69,737
per year

Working…Anywhere:

Process Technician


Duties:


Perform and document daily
manufacturing operations in
biomedical,
biopharmaceutical, and
bioindustrial settings


Work with software and
production methods in a
sterile environment


Education:

Associate’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$41,000
per year

Working…Anywhere:

Quality Control Analyst


Duties:


Monitor and audit
quality standards for
foods, textiles,
clothing, electronics
and other
manufactured
products


Work at every stage of
production


Education:

High
school


Average Salary:

$15.02 per hour

Working…Anywhere:

Software Engineer


Duties:


Creates designs
implemented by
software programmers


Education:

Master’s
degree or higher


Average Salary:

$101,000 per year