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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 & Development Labs
Clinics Health Care Producers Research Foundations
Computer Firms Health Maintenance Organizations Scientific Journals
Crime Labs Hospitals Soap/Cosmetics Companies
Educational Institutions Pharmaceutical Companies Testing 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 .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Biotechnology
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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Biotechnology
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

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Boston University PhD Biomedical Sciences

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

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