Your degree in Biotechnology

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 academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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


Biomedical engineer


Biotechnical engineer

Biotechnology engineer

Biotechnology technician

Clinical research associate

Consumer protection specialist 

Environmental attorney


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


Technical sales representative

Technical writer



Water treatment technician

Make the most of your specialization

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

UBC-BCIT Biotechnology Club
Meet other Biotech students with similar interests through events and programs.

UBC Microbiology & Immunology Students Association
Check out various social, networking, and career events.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in biotechnology between study terms.

Directed Studies in Microbiology
Apply your classroom knowledge to a real-world setting through a summer research opportunity.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition
Form a student team and design, build, test, and measure a system using biological techniques in term 2.

Annual Biomolecular Design Competition
In term 2, represent UBC at the annual biomolecular design competition in a student team.

Journal of Experimental Microbiology and Immunology
Submit a scientific article to be published in an annual journal.  

Student Biotechnology Network
Attend events, meet professionals, and receive mentorship from innovative industry leaders.

Undergraduate awards and opportunities
Browse awards and opportunities specific to undergraduate students in Science.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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