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How to Become a Biotech Engineer

Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly developing sectors within the life science industry. Through the use of organisms and other biological systems, biotech engineers work to research on, develop and manufacture important, life-changing drugs and medicinal products. 

So, how do you become a biotech engineer? In this blog, we'll run you through everything you need to start a career in biotechnology.

1. Start Early 

If you're currently studying in high school for your GCSEs, or you will be soon, it's important to get into the science subject stream as early as possible. 

Most importantly, you must ensure that you choose science-based subjects related to biotechnology. To become a biotech engineer, your GCSEs and A-Levels should include a mixture of:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Core English (GCSE)
  • Core Maths (GCSE)

Any volunteering or work experience you can get during this period of your education will be incredibly beneficial. Whilst qualifications are great to show your skills, experience equally shows your ability to work well in a professional setting.


2. Study in Further Education 

Once you have achieved your GCSEs and A-Levels in subjects related to biotechnology, the next step is to study for an undergraduate BSc degree in Biotechnology. 

Undergraduate courses will provide you with the basic knowledge you require to develop your skills, and eventually become an experienced biotechnologist. 

Biotechnology undergraduate courses will allow you to find your specialty subject through a variety of optional modules that focus on biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, neuroscience and much more. 

To achieve a well-paying job as a biotechnologist, you will need to achieve a 2:1 or higher to be eligible for varied career opportunities. 


3. Get a Master's Degree

Once you've got a Bsc in Biotechnology, you can progress onto a master's degree in your chosen Biotechnology specialty. This will allow you to progress into your own niche in more detail. 

Usually, you will enroll onto a Biotechnology master's course that specialises in one of the modules you studied in your undergraduate degree. 


4. Go a Step Further

To show your dedication to the life science and biotechnology industry, you could join an organisation like the Science Council

According to the UK Government's national careers service, the Science Council will allow you to gain professional recognitions, find training opportunities and make industry contacts.


5. Find Your Dream Biotechnology Job

Here at HRS, we are constantly recruiting for jobs within the biotechnology industry, so no matter where your interests lie, we are sure to have something for you!

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With all of this in mind, it is easy to see why biotechnology is such an ever-changing and dynamic industry, and why jobs within this sector are so highly sought-after. Roles within the biotechnology sector are very diverse, resulting in plenty of opportunities to choose from when entering the field.

Get in touch with our friendly life science recruitment team to find out more about how we can help you excel in a biotechnology career.