Biotechnology, General

General biotechnology involves applying the study of molecular biology to the development of medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural products. Continue reading to learn about educational and career options in the field of biotechnology.

Inside General Biotechnology

Biotechnology doesn't refer to a specific industry or job. Biotech industries include agricultural services, drug manufacturing and health services. According to the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a trade association, workers in biotechnology may be involved in areas that include vaccines and biodefense, plant biotechnology, gene patenting, biotech policy, advanced biofuels and climate change (www.bio.org). Bioinformatics is also an emerging field, which contributes to biotechnology by helping scientists to process huge amounts of data related to genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry.

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Clearly, a wide variety of career options are available in biotechnology, as well as degree programs to prepare for these careers. For example, people who wish to work in biotech manufacturing may consider completing an associate's degree program in biotechnology. These 2-year programs prepare aspiring biotechnology technicians with a lab-intensive curriculum centered on math, biology, chemistry, biotechnology and, in some cases, bioinformatics.

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