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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Biotechnology



The field of biotechnology has emerged as a major contributor to the advancement of agriculture, medicine, and environmental sciences. The biotechnology industry is one of the newest and most promising commercial segments in the nation. The industry's primary goal is to invent new biologically active substances for the treatment of disease and the management of agriculture. Recent developments in biotechnology, particularly molecular biology, promise major improvements in agricultural productivity, breakthroughs in human health care, and new solutions to environmental problems. Biotechnology also focuses on the role of genetics and how they will shape the future of medicine, health care and food production.

While most graduates work in a related occupations and eventually obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Biophysicist Laboratory Technician Physicial Therapist
Biotechnologist Marketing Rep Public Health Specialist
Business Manager Medical Doctor Quality Control Specialist
Crop Physiologist Medical Technologist Research Asst.
Ecologist Microbiologist Research Scientist
Engineer Natural Resource Manager Scientific Librarian
Geneticist Naturalist Technical Writer
Horticulturalist Patent Specialist Wildlife Biologist
Hospital Administrator Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. .
Industrial Hygenist Pharmacologist .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Biotechnology Firms Environmental Consulting Firms Research Foundations
Chemical Manufacturers Health Care Producers Scientific Journals
Clinics Health Maintenance Organizations Soap/Cosmetics Companies
Computer Firms Hospitals Testing Labs
Crime Labs Pharmaceutical Companies .
Educational Institutions Research & Development Labs .


Government Agencies
Centers for Disease Control NJ State Department of Health Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Department of Agriculture National Cancer Institute Public Health Service
Environmental Protection Agency National Institutes of Health U.S. Forest Service
Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Water Resource Council
Food and Drug Administration National Science Foundation .
Land Use Planning Comm. Occupational Safety and Health Administration .

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Biotechnology
Organization Job Title
National Institutes of Health Assistant Coordinator
Schering-Plough (MS) Biochemist
Ethicon Inc a Johnson & Johnson Company (MS) Biosurgicals Co-op
Enzo Biochem Clinical Affairs Associate
BioVex (MS) Clinical Trial Manager
ID Business Solutions Consultant
Earth Tech (MS) Environmental Consultant
ImClone Systems Formulation Technician
Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Lab Manager
Exponential Biotherapies, Inc. Lab Technician/Network Administrator
Johnson & Johnson (MBA) Manager Marketplace Innovation
St. Michael's Medical Center Molecular Virologist
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Patent Examiner
U-Mass. Medical (PhD) Post Doctoral Appointment
North Carolina State Univ. (PhD) Professor
U.S. Office of Management & Budget (MS, MBA) Program Examiner
Weinberg Consulting Group Research Associate
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Research Associate
Mount Sinai Medical Center Research Coordinator
The Research Foundation, SONYA Research Technician
Thomas Jefferson Univ. Research Technician
Target Sales Associate
UMDNJ Senior Lab Technician
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Senior Research Technician
Mendel Biotechnology Senior Scientist

Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Columbia University MS Bioresource Engineering
Columbia University MS Biotechnology
Cornell University MS Microbiology
Johns Hopkins University MS Biotechnology
Lehigh University MS Biotechnology
Mass General Institute of Health MS Health Science
Princeton University PhD Molecular Biology
Queens College-CUNY MS Biological Sciences
University of Maryland MS Public Policy
University of Maryland MBA Admin./Commerce/Mgmt.

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