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The Importance of Biotechnology for You and the World

Thursday, February 27, 2014


An exciting and vibrant career in biotechnology begins with an education.

A bachelor’s degree is the first step in paving a path that will lead you to develop cures for diseases, create biofuel to help the Earth by reducing emissions, and foster agriculture to feed the hungry around the world. On a global scale, biotechnology benefits the world and the people in it. It is a diverse field too. Careers in biotechnology range from laboratory assistants and researchers, to manufacturing technicians. This diversity also 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; and the field is growing! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some careers in biotechnology are expected to grow 19 percent from 2012-2022, faster than the occupational average. By investing in your future through education, a career in biotechnology is around the corner. It is an exciting career that is changing the world!

The biotechnology program at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus is a leader in the biotech industry. The program is closely aligned with the bioscience industry. Students attend numerous industry symposiums and events meeting many of the key figures in the regional bioscience industry. Because this program has been so successful in matching students to industry needs, it has become very popular among a wide span of age groups. Students range from high school graduates to adults who are looking to earn a degree. The program focuses on real life experience and fosters students in the field through internships with area organizations. Laboratory facilities at the Providence Campus are state of the art, faculty comes primarily from industry and small class size results in the intensive laboratory training necessary for success in this industry.

In November the program received a $174,000, two-year grant from the Amgen Foundation to implement the Amgen Biotech Experience, an innovative science education program. The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Because of the work happening at URI and through the funds provided by Amgen, students have the means to better the world through science.

When considering a future career, and the future of the world, consider the exciting and important field of biotechnology. A single step begins with an appointment. URI Providence is now enrolling for the fall 2014 semester. Help heal, fuel, and feed the world through biotechnology. For more information on a career in biotechnology click here.

The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus is located at 80 Washington St. Providence, RI 02903. Visit www.uri.edu/prov or call today to meet with an advisor at (401)-277-5162.

This article was 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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