Career Opportunities for Majors in Biotechnology


The field of biotechnology has emerged as a major contributor to the advancement of agriculture, medicine, and environmental sciences. The biotechnology industry is one of the newest and most promising commercial segments in the nation. The industry's primary goal is to invent new biologically active substances for the treatment of disease and the management of agriculture. Recent developments in biotechnology, particularly molecular biology, promise major improvements in agricultural productivity, breakthroughs in human health care, and new solutions to environmental problems. Biotechnology also focuses on the role of genetics and how they will shape the future of medicine, health care and food production.

While most graduates work in a related occupations and eventually obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers Hospital Administrator Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Bioinformatics Scientists Industrial Hygenist Pharmacologist
Biological Technicians Laboratory Technician Public Health Specialist
Biotechnologist Medical Doctor Quality Control Specialist
Crop Physiologist Medical Technologist Regulatory Affairs Specialists
Ecologist Microbiologist Research Scientist
Engineer Natural Resource Manager Scientific Librarian
Geneticist Nuclear Medicine Physicians Technical Writer
Horticulturalist Patent Specialist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Biotechnology Firms Food and Drink Manufacturing Companies   Pharmaceutical Companies
Clinics Health Care Producers Research & Development Labs
Computer Firms Health Maintenance Organizations Research Foundations
Crime Labs Health Service Providers Scientific Journals
Educational Institutions Hospitals Soap/Cosmetics Companies
Environmental Consulting Firms Medical Instrument Companies Testing Labs
Government Agencies
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services  Food and Drug Administration National Park Service
Centers for Disease Control Institute of Education Sciences National Science Foundation
Chemical Manufactures Land Use Planning Comm. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Department of Agriculture NJ State Department of Health Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Department of Health and Human Services National Cancer Institute Public Health Service
Environmental Protection Agency National Institutes of Health U.S. Forest Service
Fish and Wildlife Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Water Resource Council

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Biotechnology

Organization Job Title
WuXi AppTec's Laboratory Testing Division Scientist
Bristol-Myers Squibb Associate Research Scientist
Amicus Therapeutics Research Associate
Legend Biotech Corporation Clinical Laboratory Technologists And Technicians
Thermo Biological Scientists
Nitta Casings QA Microbiology Lab Technician
Idexx Laboratories Life, Physical, And Social Science Technicians
Medidata Solutions Computer User Support Specialists
Henry M. Jackson Foundation Life, Physical, And Social Science Technicians
Genewiz Scientist
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Biotechnology

National Institutes of Health Assistant Coordinator
Schering-Plough (MS) Biochemist
Ethicon Inc a Johnson & Johnson Company (MS) Biosurgicals Co-op
Enzo Biochem Clinical Affairs Associate
BioVex (MS) Clinical Trial Manager
ID Business Solutions Consultant
Earth Tech (MS) Environmental Consultant
ImClone Systems Formulation Technician
Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Lab Manager
Exponential Biotherapies, Inc. Lab Technician/Network Administrator
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NYC) MD Medicine
Boston University PhD Biomedical Sciences
Columbia University PhD Genetics
Columbia University PhD Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Columbia University MS Bioresource Engineering
Columbia University MS Biotechnology
Cornell University MS Microbiology
Johns Hopkins University MS Biotechnology
Johns Hopkins University Biotechnology
Lehigh University MS Biotechnology
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