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Internships and Career Opportunities in Biotechnology

In California, the majority of biotech companies are in the pharmaceutical industry - producing medicines to help patients with AIDS, strokes, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. Techniques of biotechnology are also used in agriculture, industrial applications, forensics, mining, environmental cleanup and other industries. The San Francisco Bay Area has a heavy concentration of biotech companies.

Watch the video about the Ohlone Biotechnology Programs that features interviews of faculty, students, company and government representatives. The video is captioned; a transcript is not available.

Please visit the Counseling Department and Career Services for information.

Biotechnology Internships

The internship is a short-term temporary period of employment with a biotech company. This work experience is invaluable for students and enables them to apply theory and lab skills learned in our program to real life situations. This temp work experience also enables biotech companies to evaluate student skills and performance as candidates for longer-term positions.

Biotechnology Careers

Careers in Biotechnology can be found in the following fields:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture & Food Science
  • Environmental Clean-up
  • Energy
  • Forensics
  • Genetic Testing
  • Industrial
  • Anthropology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Instrumentation & Suppliers

Common Job Functions in Biotechnology fields:

  • Research & Development
  • Manufacturing & Production
  • Quality Control & Assurance
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Technical Support
  • Regulations & Documentation
Sample occupations requiring AA Degree or Certificate in Biotechnology
Job Title Minimum Requirements - AA Degree / Biotech Certificate Related Work Experience License Bachelor's Degree
Animal Technician X Preferred Preferred  
Documentation Coordinator X Preferred    
Green House Technician X Preferred   Preferred
Instrumentation / Calibration Technician X Preferred    
Laboratory Assistant X Preferred   Preferred
Laboratory Technician X Preferred   Preferred
Quality Control Technician X Preferred    
Quality Assurance Technician X Preferred    
Manufacturing Assistance X Preferred    
Manufacturing Technician X Preferred   Preferred
Technical Service Rep. X     Preferred
Health & Safety Specialist X     Preferred

Careers in Biotechnology, 2nd Edition, A counselor's Guide to the Best Jobs, Pasadena City College Women At Work, 2002.

Biotech Career Resources

  • Bioscience in Silicon Valley, LMI
  • Careers in Biotechnology, A counselor's Guide to the Best Jobs, Pasadena City College Women At Work, 2000
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2003-2004

Please visit the Counseling Department and Career Services for information.

Employment Outlook

Please refer to the following links for employment outlook and labor market information:

Biotechnology Alliance

Ohlone College works collaboratively with the following agencies and industries:

  • City of Fremont - Economic Development
  • City of Newark - Economic Development
  • City of Hayward - Economic Development
  • EDAB - Economic Development for Business
  • Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
  • Genentech
  • BioImagene
  • Mendel Biotechnology
  • DiscoveRx
  • Abgenix
  • ViOptix
  • Lynx Therapeutics
  • Inamed
  • Cell Genesys
  • Impax
  • Lab Vision
  • Metabolex

Biotechnology Websites