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Jobs in the Biotechnology Field

Biotechnology has become one of the hottest career fields with a wide range of applications in different industries. According to the California Employment Development Department, expected job growth by 2024 ranges from 13.3% for chemical technicians, to 23.3% for medical and clinical laboratory technicians to 25% for environmental science and protection technicians. These jobs all fall within the biotech sector.

Biotechnology industries include:

  • Biomanufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Neutraceutical Manufacturing
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Medical Testing and Reagent Development
  • Research Equipment Development and Manufacturing
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Forensic Technologies
  • Bioinformatics
  • Clinical Lab Science
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing

Wages for Some Entry-Level Biotechnology Occupations in California

​Occupation​Median Hourly
Earnings
​25 Percentile
Hourly Earnings
​75 Percentile
Hourly Earnings
​Manufacturing Production Technicians
​$31.36
​$24.20​$38.66
​Biological Technicians​$21.89​$16.93​$18.14
​Chemical Technicians​$20.92​$15.87​$27.80
​Quality Control Analysts$22.84$18.13​​$28.65​
​Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians​$19.69​$16.53​$24.08
​Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers​$17.34​$13.24​$22.90

Source: Emsi