Career outlook for biotechnologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use your biology knowledge to come up with products and processes that improve our health, our food and our world.
Your work would depend on your specific field.
In medical biotechnology and biotherapeutics you might:
- Research genetics, proteins, antibodies, viruses, plants, fungi, bacteria and diseases
- Develop treatments for the genetic causes of disease
- Produce medicines using techniques such as cell culture and genetic modification
In environmental biotechnology you might:
- Develop micro-organisms and plants to clean polluted land or water
- Create renewable sources of energy
- Produce environmentally-friendly materials for industry
In industrial biotechnology, you might:
- Produce enzymes for use in food and drink
- Create biological detergents and dyes
- Improve animal feed
- Genetically modify crops
In all three areas, you would:
- Do practical work in a laboratory
- Use computers and technical equipment
- Write reports
- Present your research
- Keep records
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