Fuel, Feed, and Heal the World Through Biotechnology
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Biotechnology uses the building blocks of biology and the tools of today's technology to better the world through fueling, feeding, and healing. Biotechnology is used help fight disease and save lives. It is used to reduce gas emissions by harnessing and streamlining biofuels; and it aids crop and livestock development to improve food growth.
Careers in biotechnology are broad and range from laboratory assistants and researchers, to manufacturing technicians. The industry is diverse, and includes writers and editors for trade journals and media, PR, and marketing specialists, as well as genetic counselors who work with those affected by genetic disorders.
The fastest growing fields
Over the next decade the following areas will potentially have the most to offer, and are worth considering when it comes to a career in biotechnology:
- Medical Scientists specialize in research to help understand and treat disease.
- Biological Technicians help carry out research and experiments, and are responsible for maintenance of labs.
- Clinical Lab Technicians work in health care facilities to test and analyze body fluids and tissue.
- Biochemists and Biophysicists test and study DNA, RNA, proteins and other molecules as well as studying the effects drugs have on biological systems.
- Biomedical Engineers work closely with doctors and scientists to construct products for medical usage, such as artificial organs, as well as MRIs and CAT scans.
- Microbiologists work with the microorganisms found in living things with the purpose of developing new ways to combat disease.
- Epidemiologists try and understand the cause of disease to improve public health by collecting data and statistics.
- Process Development Scientists research and develop a manufacturing process that starts in a lab, and ends in production.
Biotechnology is an important, challenging, and exciting industry to be a part of. It leads the way for how we live healthy and prosperous lives. A career in biotechnology is worth considering when looking to the future, and a career in biotechnology begins with a college degree. Fortunately one of the leading programs for biotechnology can be found right here in Rhode Island at The University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Providence Campus. Help heal, fuel, and feed the world through biotechnology. For more information on a career in biotechnology click here.
Written by Michael Gravison; Graduate Student in Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus.
This column is part of an ongoing sponsored content series with The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus.
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