Biotech Careers & Training

Favorite comprehensive resources for students and teachers looking for information on biotech careers are (in no particular order):

1) For biotech undergraduate education in Northern California we work closely with educators in the UC Davis Biotechnology Major, American River College, Solano Community College and City College of San Francisco biotechnology programs. Each of these programs provides high quality educational experiences and opportunities to conduct professional internships and job shadows.

2) For guidance on whether a career in biotech would suit individual students, a wonderful resource is the Guide to Life Science Careers by Dr. Karen Peterson, available at Scitable, an online science education resource maintained by the Nature Publishing Group.

3) The California Employment Development Department has a regionally focused website, Biotechnology in California, recently updated in April 2013. This data-rich resource includes profiles of specific biotech jobs found in the state, including education and training requirements, wage information and job outlooks.

4) is a great tool for those interested in ag biotech jobs. I always recommend that students look at current job listings for careers of interest, take note of the required skills and formal training, then aim to acquire that background. This is a great website for information gathering and has regional, national and international coverage.

5) UC Davis C-STEM Center offers K-14 teacher professional development and curricula for robotics and coding, two important disciplines for scaling up biotechnology research and analyzing large data sets. Biotech teachers can then incorporate basic activities in their classrooms or work on interdisciplinary projects with math and physical science teachers. The center also offers youth summer camps, such as C-STEM GIRL. We strongly encourage biotech students at all levels (K-graduate school) to gain experience in robotics, computer programming and data analysis as foundational skill sets for life science research.


Summer Research & Training Programs for High School Students


The table below lists a number of additional online resources for career exploration, finding research experiences and learning more about biotechnology degree programs in Northern California.

CareerOneStop A career information website hosted by the US Department of Education and the US Department of Labor.
Computer Science Online A great website with links to educational programs, industry information and FAQs about IT careers.
Contra Costa College Biotechnology program page for CCC with many links to Bay Area biotech resources.

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Ohlone College "Ohlone College offers classes leading to a certificate in Biotechnology." The Ohlone Learning Alliance for Bioscience (LAB) program encourages high school students to explore careers in the life sciences.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs These competitive summer residential research experiences give undergraduates a taste of cutting-edge research and the life of graduate students! Fun and looks great on grad school and professional school applications.
ScienceCareers A job search and informational webpage from Science magazine and the AAAS.
Skyline College Skyline College is a community college located in San Bruno (Bay Area), offering an entry level biotechnology manufacturing certificate and a biotechnology AS degree.
San Jose State University San Jose State offers a professional Master's degree in Biotechnology (MBT).
University of San Francisco USF offers a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Biotechnology that brings together research and business fundamentals.