Associates degree

Associate degrees are two-year college degrees.  Some associates degrees are designed to transfer to a four year college or University.  Others are considered professional or applied degrees.   Many of the courses in a professional degree program are designed to suit specific careers.

  • Professional technical or Applied Associates degree:  A professional technical degree is a two-year degree that prepares students for direct entry into the workforce.  An example of an Applied Associates degree is be the A.A.S (Associates of Applied Science). 
  • Transfer degrees:  Transfer degrees are Associates degrees with a program of study that will be accepted for a transfer at a four year institution.  Many of the credits in these programs will be accepted for transfer and apply towards graduation requirements.  Two examples of transfer degrees are the A.A. (Associate of Arts) and the A.S. (Associate of Science).  

It's best to check with your college when deciding on a class schedule or program of study. Every state has different rules and arrangements that guide transferring credits between community and technical colleges and the state colleges and Universities.  It's best to know the rules before you sign up for classes.


 

Agricultural and Food Science Technician

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians work with agricultural and food scientists to monitor food production and food safety.  

Agricultural science technicians typically develop and follow protocols to store crop and animal samples,...

Animal Technician

Animal technicians take care of the laboratory animals that are used in biotechnology research, veterinary research, and product testing. Laboratory animals play an important role in helping scientists understand how drugs behave in a biological...

Biofuel Technicians

Biofuel technicians carry out the laboratory work involved in producing biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

Biofuel technicians work with fermenters, distillation, grain preparation, algae culture, oil chemistry, and...

Cell Culture Technician

Cell culture technicians grow living cells in culture flasks, bioreactors, plates and other kinds of containers.  The types of cells they grow can come from plants or animals.  Sometimes cell culture technicians start cultures directly from...

Chemistry Quality Control Technician

Chemistry Quality Control teams perform daily bench work. To meet required levels of quality, they test all raw materials, packing materials, and finished products according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). Technicians operate...

Clinical Research Associate

Clinical Research Associates are responsible for conducting studies to examine the safety and efficacy of new drugs in human patients. These studies are known as clinical trials.  Clinical Research Associates follow GCPs (Good Clinical Practices...

Environmental Health & Safety Technician

Workers in bioscience facilities and research environments can be exposed to a variety of chemical, biological or physical hazards as they perform daily tasks. Government agencies strictly enforce regulations related to workplace safety, health...

Environmental Science and Protection Technician

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting health.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically inspect...

Facilities Technician

Facilities Technicians are responsible for the operation and maintenance of biomanufacturing buildings and equipment. They monitor operations daily. They oversee systems that include heating, lighting, refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing,...

Food Sample Inspector

Food inspectors provide inspections of organizations that handle and prepare food, including restaurants, supermarkets and even slaughterhouses. Food inspectors make sure food producers meet proper guidelines to ensure food is safe for human...

Genomics technician

Genomics technicians use a range of technologies related to determining and comparing DNA and RNA sequences.  They isolate RNA and DNA from samples.  They construct libraries, perform quality control, carry out titrations, and work with a variety...

Glass washer

Glass Washers are responsible for washing and drying glassware and distributing it to the appropriate locations within laboratories.

Researchers rely heavily on the sterile laboratory glassware in their experiments. A glass...

Greenhouse or Field Technician

These positions are for people who like to work with plants, enjoy being more outdoors, but also like to understand science.  They care for plants that have been created through genetic engineering and have to understand how to plant seeds,...

Instrumentation / Calibration Technician

These jobs are for people who like to work with electronic equipment and are interested in biotechnology. Instrumentation technicians calibrate mechanical and laboratory instruments throughout the biomanufacturing facility. They must be able to...

Laboratory Assistant

These positions are also known by other names such as laboratory support worker, clean room technician, cleaning technician, glasswasher, laboratory helper, laboratory aide, and equipment preparation technician. Generally only a high...

Laboratory Safety Associate

Laboratory Safety Associates, sometimes described as Lab Safety Officers or Lab Safety Specialists, are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment and ensuring that the workplace complies with government regulations.

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Laboratory Technician

They work on experiments and procedures in research on projects and products that could cure disease, improve crops, help clean up the environment, and detect contaminated food.  There may be some routine work but the possibilities for a variety...

Manufacturing Assistant

These are entry-level positions for people with a high school diploma. Other titles for this position are aseptic fill assistant, cell culture and fermentation assistant, cell lab operator, manufacturing operator, media preparation assistant,...

Manufacturing Technician - Downstream

Downstream processes are those in  which the products are harvested, tested, purified and packaged.

Upstream processes are those in which biological materials are either obtained from an outside source or inoculated and grown in culture,...

Manufacturing Technician - Upstream

Upstream processes are those in which biological materials are either obtained from an outside source or inoculated and grown in culture, under controlled conditions, to manufacture certain types of products.  
Downstream processes are...