Career advice

These articles provide advice on finding, launching, or advancing your career in biotechnology.

By Linnea Fletcher, Ph.D. [1] and Sandra Porter Ph.D. [2]
To learn more about credentialing and the BACE, visit Biotility

[1] Austin Community College, Texas, [2] Digital World Biology, Washington

Biotility - Home of the BACE

How do human resource professionals determine if a job candidate has the skills they need to perform well in a certain job?

Imagine you're working in a company and it's your job to hire people for the lab. What if you've never worked in a lab? How do you choose the best person?

Human resources personnel use ... Read more

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This article was written and contributed by Guy Aday, Alamance Community College graduate, BFIP Fellow, and Biotechnology Professional

Loading samples in a gel. Photo credit:  Guy Aday

My journey into biotechnology began accidentally; more of a plan B after my initial goals seemed less in line with my physical limitations following a work injury. Ultimately discovering that I enjoy the field, I turned my attention to it fully and became determined to do my best. Part of the curriculum for my AAS program was the completion of ... Read more

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By Karyn Mullins, President at MedReps, a job board which gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the Web. Connect with Karyn on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You’ve likely considered a career path in bioengineering. Or maybe agricultural biotechnology is still on the list of possibilities. Or the path of genomics has caught your attention. But, there is one more career path to consider -- biotech sales.

Biotech sales is a lucrative and rewarding field for many reasons. Of course, there’s the money. The average total ... Read more

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By: Sean Maden

The requirements of "good communication skills" and "comfortable working in a multidisciplinary setting" on a biotech job listing are common, but what do these mean in practice? For work in biotech, there's often more than meets the eye in a job posting.

Biotechnology is an inherently multidisciplinary field, now more so than ever. A single lab can employ personnel ... Read more

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By: Sean Maden

Finding the best fit isn't an easy task. Here are some tips for sorting out where you might want to work. Read more

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By: Sean Maden

You're finishing your program and want to find a rewarding job, but nothing seems to work. How can you improve your chances?

If only there was something to be done between filling out forms and waiting for replies, something that could help you in your pursuit. The job application process can be arduous. It doesn't help that online applications ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

Once you’ve found a job or jobs to apply for, the question arises: how much should you expect to be paid? Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

This article is the second in a series on finding a job in biotechnology.

One of the greatest benefits of attending a community college program in biotechnology or biomanufacturing is that you get to meet other people who are interested in science and science careers. It’s hard to believe when you’re in school but the connections you make to ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

This article is part of a series on finding a job in biotechnology.

You worked hard as a biotechnology / bioscience / biomanufacturing student. You made solutions and media, ran gels, purified proteins, cloned DNA, cultured cells, and did math problems every single day. Now it’s time to take the skills and put them to work. But how? How ... Read more

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By: Sandra Porter

Doing an internship is an important first step in a biotechnology or bioscience career. Internships provide a way to get work experience, give you a chance to learn and practice new laboratory techniques, and make you connections with other professionals in your field.

But how do you get started? How do you find that first internship position? ... Read more

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