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Community College of Rhode Island — Biotechnology

What are my career options in this field?

Career options available in biotechnology are as varied as the industry itself. Openings are most often found in research laboratories or manufacturing facilities, but positions are also available in retail pharmacies, forensics laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies (sales).

Biotechnology applications and employment are often broken down into four subgroups:

  1. Red Biotechnology: focuses on advances in medical applications such as gene therapy to cure disease or inserting genes in bacteria to produce antibiotics. Forensic application of DNA profiling falls into this category also.
  2. White Biotechnology: uses industrial processes and utilizes yeasts, bacteria, and enzymes to manufacture products. These processes often have less harmful impacts on the environment than standard industrial means.
  3. Green Biotechnology: uses agricultural applications to create transgenic plants designed to grow in drought conditions or resist certain pests and diseases.
  4. Blue Biotechnology: is an emerging discipline in biotechnology that encompasses marine and fresh water biotechnology applications.
What training will I receive?

The Biotechnology Certificate Program at CCRI is a great beginning to your career. Our certificate will train you you to operate and maintain laboratory equipment, perform upstream and downstream processing, follow and author standard operating procedures (SOPs), understand good manufacturing processes (GMPs), and practice aseptic technique appropriate for many laboratory and manufacturing settings. These skills are essential for obtaining an entry-level position in the field. If you are currently working in the industry, our certificate program provides hands-on and conceptual training to increase your qualifications, which may lead to advanced career positions.

Further Options

More career options open up after further study in the biotechnology field. One of the strengths of our certificate program is that you have the option of starting your career after completing the certificate and returning later to further your education. If you wish to continue your education, the 18 credits earned in the Biotechnology Certificate Program may be applied towards the Associate of Science degree at CCRI. If you prefer to continue your studies at the bachelorís degree level you may then transfer your credits to the biotechnology program at URI.

You should know that many employers have a benefits package that includes a tuition reimbursement policy, which may pay for your continuing education.

For detailed information on careers in this field, go to the Careers Tab.