Why Biotechnology?

Biotechnology Careers

Why Biotechnology?

  • Biotechnology combines the disciplines of biology and chemistry and utilizes mathematics and physics to provide the tools for modern biology and biomedical research.
  • Biotechnology utilizes living cells and cellular materials to create pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural, environmental, and other products to benefit society. It is also used to study and to alter genetic information in animals so that human diseases can be modeled and studied.   
  • Biotechnology is both a basic and an applied science.  These technologies are applied in agriculture, health care, forensics, industrial processing, and environmental management in many useful ways.
  • Graduates take a number of career paths including:  work in research labs, graduate training in biology and chemistry, professional careers in the health sciences.

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  • Find out what a career is really like by speaking to someone in the field. Review the informational interviewing questions to ask and the list of possible people in your network to speak with.
  • Talk with your professors who have a wealth of knowledge about their career fields. 
  • Chat with family members about their work experiences and:
    • how they selected their careers
    • what they find rewarding/challenging
    • what skills they utilize
    • what their long-term goals are