Biotechnology is a dynamic, ever-changing industry that helps to create solutions for all sorts of sectors, including engineering, immunology, genetics, medicine and many more. It combines biological and technological processes to create products and technologies that assist in improving our lives and the health of the planet.
Jobs within the biotechnology industry are complex and extremely rewarding, making them very highly sought-after indeed. There's a lot of demand for graduate biotechnology jobs, so if you want the best possible chance of securing your dream job, be sure to think about the following:
Having a strong, relevant qualification in biotechnology or a related scientific field is imperative to securing a good job once you've graduated. Most companies will only consider graduates who obtain a certain degree classification (often a 2:1), so be sure to know what your potential employer is looking for and work hard to achieve it!
If you already possess a good degree, you may wish to consider a postgraduate degree such as a PhD or MSc before you start looking for work with a big biotechnology company. While a postgraduate qualification is not always required, it may give you a key advantage over other job seekers in this sector.
Having the right qualification(s) is one thing, but the skills that you possess are what will really set you apart from the other graduates hoping to secure lucrative biotechnology jobs. Important skills for this industry include:
- Relationship building
- Writing reports
- Delivering presentations
- Problem solving
- Understanding regulations and legal matters
In addition to all of the above, good business skills and a keen awareness of what is going on in the biotechnology industry will stand you in good stead when you're applying for jobs. Employers like their workers to be able to spot business opportunities, make financial projections, and keep track of big changes in the industry.
Experience of working within biotechnology will be a huge help to your job-hunting efforts. The presence of relevant work experience on your CV will show potential employers that you have a genuine interest in the field, and that you have made an effort to gain experience before coming to their company.
Relevant work experience will also teach you job-specific skills that can be easily transferred when starting your new position, potentially saving your employer some of the costs associated with training new recruits.
The biotechnology sector has a wide and diverse range of jobs available, meaning that there are plenty of opportunities to choose from when entering this industry. We at HRS are always recruiting for jobs in this field, so we're sure to have something for you.
Here are some of the biotechnology roles we advertise for:
- Research & Development
- Quality Assurance
- Regulatory Affairs
- Upstream & Downstream Processing
- Gene Therapy
- Product Characterisation
- Analytical Development