Your degree in Biotechnology

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Biotechnology, you’re learning how biological systems can make products, processes, and services for human health, the environment, and energy. You’ll develop important skills in the laboratory and learn how to navigate biotechnology work in academia, industry, and government.

These skills may include:

  • Collaboration with cross-discipline laboratory teams 
  • Presentation of technical and scientific data to non-technical audiences 
  • Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Compliance with quality control and safety regulations 
  • Analytical method development or validation (QA/QC)
  • Usage of ELISA, PCR, CRISPR technology in plant and animal cells, gel-electrophoresis, western blot, protein purification, isolation and characterization, bacterial culture, cell passaging, and plant micropropagation
  • Usage of instruments for bioinformatics, gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, fermenters, microscopy, liquid chromatography-triple quad mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including agriculture, biotechnology start-ups, bioethics, clean energy, health and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, intellectual property, research, government and regulatory affairs, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Biofuel analyst
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnical engineer
  • Biotechnology engineer
  • Biotechnology technician
  • Clinical research associate
  • Consumer protection specialist 
  • Environmental attorney
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Food safety expert
  • Gene technologist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Laboratory technician
  • Marketing specialist
  • Occupational hygienist 
  • Occupational therapist
  • Patent agent
  • Patent attorney
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Pollution control inspector
  • Product testing associate
  • Quality control technician 
  • Regulatory affairs expert
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical sales representative
  • Technical writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Water treatment technician

    Make the most of your specialization

    Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

    Build your network

    Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

    The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

    Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

    Find UBC Biotechnology graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

    More information

    From your Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Science degree.