interested in science. Is there a job in biotech for me?
California is fortunate to be home to approximately thirty percent
of all U.S. biotech companies with more than four hundred in the San
Diego region. The many job opportunities presented by such a wealth
of biotechnology here in San Diego equals rewarding careers for those
interested in the biosciences.
Job Classifications: Click here to view a table concerning approximate
salary ranges for biotechnology scientists in the San Diego region, based
on level of education and training.
|People with an A.A. or B.S. degree in a science-related discipline usually
begin their careers in biotechnology by becoming part of a biotechnology
company's 'operational workforce'.
Operational workers operate the laboratory
for the researchers, run the manufacturing processes, or ensure the processes
meet quality control requirements.
The skills needed by this operational
workforce are more complex and diverse than most people realize. In general,
operational workers need basic science education and basic lab skills.
More specifically, they need fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics
and math, teamwork, good verbal and written communication skills, a good
work ethic, a wide variety of hand-on skills, and the ability to optimize
or troubleshoot a process.
Examples of typical job titles held by biotechnology
- Lab Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Research Associate
- Animal Technician
- Packaging Operator
||After spending some time on the job, some
operational workers transition into what are often specialized, more senior
roles in biotechnology. To make this transition, workers sometimes need
to go back to school for further education. Often, on-the-job experience
gives workers enough education and training to move on.
Examples of more specialized roles held by the experienced operational worker:
- Customer service
- Technical Service
- Research Associate (at a more senior level)
- Research Scientist
- Sales Associate
- Clinical Research Associate
- Process Development Associate
- Quality Assurance
- Manufacturing Associate (at a more senior
- Patent Agent
Check out these sites to find biotechnology job
descriptions, interviews with biotech employees and other useful information
for anyone interested in a career in biotechnology.