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The Biotech industry revolves around a central goal—using biomolecular and cellular processes to develop products that can help improve lives. Most of the jobs in this industry fall into five major subsectors: research, testing, drugs, medical labs and pharmaceuticals. People working in biotech sectors may be employed in over a dozen positions, working as medical scientists, clinical lab technicians, biochemists, biophysicists, microbiologists, chemical technicians and more. Biotech is an ideal option for candidates who are passionate, able to work without supervision and comfortable with research. A bachelor’s degree is usually enough to secure an entry position, but most employers prefer a master’s or doctoral degree for higher positions.
While the duties of a Biotech professional typically vary with the job and position, almost every employer requires that candidates be able to able to record and analyze data. Biochemists and biophysicists are often required to prepare technical reports, present research findings, as well as plan and conduct research projects—alone or with a laboratory team. Clinical lab technicians and medical scientists often work with biological samples in a secure lab while biological technicians may be required to conduct experiments and conduct samples out in the field. Biotech offers a lot of employment opportunities. The demand for skilled professionals within the Biotech and bioscience sectors has increased steadily over the last decade. In 2012, the U.S biotech companies employed close to 1.6 million professionals. Since then, the industry has grown at an average annual rate of 2.2%.