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Biotechnologist

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Biotechnologists use a number of different scientific disciplines such as microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and chemistry to research and develop new products and improved processes for a range of different industries including pharmaceuticals, health care, biofuels, agriculture, food and industrial processing.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for biotechnologists vary depending on whether you work in hospital or in industry. Starting salaries for new graduates may be around £19,000 to £23,000, with experienced biotechnologists earning around £25,000 to £40,000 a year. Some biotechnologists with high levels of responsibility earn up to around £60,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work in the National Health Service (NHS), scientific research, manufacturing or in the pharmaceutical or food and drink sectors. You could also work in teaching, finance, management, scientific writing, sales and marketing or in government departments.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9901
1.8 %
RISE
2024
10079
  United Kingdom
2019
85285
1.8 %
RISE
2024
86780

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website www.futuremorph.org shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

The IntoBiology website is a good source of information on what you can do with a career in biology and includes videos, projects and study skills.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Biochemical Society
Tel: 020 7685 2400
E-mail: education@biochemistry.org
Website: http://www.biochemistry.org/
Twitter: @BiochemSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Biochemical-Society/99242639743

You can download a free careers booklet for 16-18 year olds from the website.

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Tel: 020 7713 0214
E-mail: mail@ibms.org.uk
Website: http://www.ibms.org/
Twitter: @BiomedScience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biomedicalscience

Institute of Science and Technology
Tel: 0114 276 3197
E-mail: office@istonline.org.uk
Website: http://www.istonline.org.uk/
Twitter: @istonline
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/istonline.org.uk

Royal Society of Biology
Tel: 020 3925 3440
E-mail: education@rsb.org.uk
Website: http://www.rsb.org.uk
Twitter: @RoyalSocBio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocBio

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

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