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Career Opportunities in Biotechnology

There are many career opportunities in biotechnology, which continue to grow with the industry. A career in biotechnology is an invitation to participate in the development of new products and processes that could improve the quality of human life as much as any other discovery since the Industrial Revolution.

A Biotechnology degree may lead to employment in a variety of areas including medicine, agriculture, forensics, medical devices, environmental science, sales and marketing, research and development, manufacturing and quality control and assurance. Students completing a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology are well-positioned for graduate and professional programs.

Utah's Life science industry

Utah’s life sciences industry plays a significant role in sciences employment driving Utah’s economy. In 2016, the 34,352 life sciences jobs at more than 1,000 companies accounted for $2.7 billion in employee compensation. The life sciences industry is resilient amid economic change due to the constant need for health care products and advancements. Between 2012-2016, employment in Utah’s life sciences industry increased 26.2 percent, faster by far than the national average of 5.9 percent.

Occupations in Biotechnology

  • Food, plant and animal research and development
  • Production of medical equipment and materials used for research and/or procedures
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Pharmaceutical production
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Pharmacy tech specialist
  • DNA testing
  • Cancer research, includes development of testing devices
  • Production of dietary supplements
  • Military and Homeland Security
  • Environmental remediation
  • Laboratory assistant, various levels
  • Laboratory coordinator
  • Laboratory manager
  • Manager of regulatory affairs