Biotechnology is a broad field that can be seen as a part of many other related disciplines, including biochemistry. Biotechnologists strive to understand the functions of biological organisms, from genes to molecular levels and processes at the cellular, to whole organisms. Biotechnologists use this information in ways that can improve the lives of human beings, such as the production of harder crops, the development of better biofuels or the creation of new medicines or disease control treatment plans.
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Career prospects & criteria
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Bachelors degree in Biotechnology/ Biological sciences/ Biology/ Biomedical engineering/ Biomedical science/ Biochemistry/ Molecular biology/ Pharmacology
Masters degree in Biotechnology
What you need to get started
Try to secure a laboratory experience as this improves your chances of finding a full-time job considerably.
A beneficial industrial placement year can help you develop your laboratory skills and a network of contacts.
While every work experience will help your career prospects greatly, try to gain relevant experience to improve your application.
An additional benefit is an experience that develops your business sensitivity, as numerous employers want to employ biotechnologists with a business understanding.
A strong background in Science.
An investigative mind.
Constantly willing to learn and innovate.
Use scientific knowledge to follow different methodologies to achieve results
Interpret findings to support scientific investigations
Knowledge about chemicals, toxins and their safe disposal.