Biotechnologists study and manipulate cells to develop new products and treatments for use in a variety of industries including:

  • Pharmaceutical - Developing vaccines and medicines
  • Agricultural - Working with insecticides and different strains of organisms
  • Environmental - Examining the effects of pollution as well as natural environmental factors

The biotechnology industry is currently experiencing massive growth with job opportunities both in Australia and overseas. Professionals in the field usually have expertise across a variety of sciences such as genetics and molecular biology. Most employment opportunities exist for those with graduate qualifications and some universities offer specialised biotechnology degrees - bachelor level graduates sometimes find entry into the industry through employment as laboratory or research assistants.