What Is Biotechnology?
The term “biotechnology” encompasses a broad range of separate technologies that affect an increasing number of careers and industries.
Four primary fields — medicine, agriculture and animal husbandry, general industry and environmental protection — have benefited from advances in biotechnology. See How Is Biotechnology Used? for specific examples.
Career Options in Biotechnology
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, core occupational fields in biotechnology are:
Employers in biotechnology-related fields include:
Specialty areas include:
Depending on the level of continued education, job titles may include:
Salaries and Projected Job Growth
According to America’s Career Infonet, average salaries for biotechnology-related occupations in Texas include:
|Job||Median Hourly Rate||Median Annual Salary||Projected Job Growth Through 2018|
|Agricultural and food science technician||$14.45||$30,100||+14%|
|Environmental science and protection technician||$19.71||$41,000||+17%|
|Medical and clinical lab technician||$15.55||$32,300||+23%|