A multi-billion dollar a year industry, biotechnology is one of the most research intensive, rapidly-growing industries in the world. Biotechnology techniques have provided wine and cheese, increased crop yields, healthy livestock, improved criminal investigation, means to clean environmental waste, cleaner production processes, and most importantly, cures and treatments for disease.

Referred to as the science for the new millennium, employment in biotechnology provides opportunities to participate in exciting discoveries and make a contribution to society. Job opportunities are diverse, rapidly increasing, and exist in agriculture, medical research, human health sciences, criminal justice, environmental science, pharmaceutical industries, universities, and industrial bioprocessing. Examples of biotechnology job titles include:

  • Biotechnician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Bioprocessing Technician
  • Biological Scientist

Biotechnicians perform tasks such as setting up and monitoring experiments, operating sophisticated instruments, using computers to analyze, calculate and record results, and performing technical procedures such as DNA extractions and polymerase chain reactions.

Salaries vary depending by industry, geographical location, education and experience, however, the starting salary for an entry-level biotechnician is approximately $25,000-$30,000 a year.

Degree requirements for biotechnology jobs can vary from an associate degree to a doctoral degree, however career preparation should include a strong background in math and science, a professional mentor, industry experience and staying apprised of the latest advances in biotechnology.

Temple College's degree and certificate programs prepare you to work in a variety of biotechnology areas while offering several flexible curriculum options. The AAS degree in biotechnology is for high school graduates or people making a career change or pursuing another degree. The Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Biotechnology is for students with a bachelor or associate degree who would like to obtain the skills necessary to work in the field. An Enhanced Skills Certificate is available for students who have completed the Biotechnology Program and Internship and would like to acquire specialized experience in proteomics and genomics. See the Programs of Study page for more information.

The Temple College degree and certificate programs offered at the Texas Bioscience Institute prepare students to enter the rapidly changing and exciting biotechnology field. To start working towards your own personal and career goals, contact the TBI today.

For more information on careers in biotechnology visit:

Texas Healthcare & Bioscience
The Biotechnology Institute