Why have we built this site?
Our goal is to serve students and others who are considering biotech careers by providing information about the careers in the biotech industry that do not require advanced degrees.
We began this site because we noticed that many science career sites take the opposite approach. They focus on the small percent of industrial science jobs that require a Ph.D. Not only is this practice misleading, it may be harmful. We suspect that the practice of limiting job descriptions to those requiring advanced degrees makes science careers seem out of reach and may keep many students from considering science careers.
We're here to correct the impression that science jobs require a Ph.D. Like many other industries, a large fraction of the jobs in biotech are held by people with Bachelors and Associates degrees. A frequent combination is a Bachelors degree from a four-year college with a community college degree or certificate in Biotechnology.
Who are we?
We are Bio-Link. Bio-Link is a national center of excellence, funded in part by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education program. Our members operate biotechnology education programs at two-year colleges throughout the United States. Many of our leadership team members have been involved in biotech education for twenty years.
How can you do this? Read on.
The home page has a section called "Learn the Lingo".
1. Click within the Learn the Lingo section to go to the quiz page.
2. The quiz page has flash cards that will help you learn some of the most common biotech abbreviations.
Be sure to study these before your first interview!
Select the careers link to see a list of careers then select a career to investigate.
Each career page has a description of the job and links to colleges that offer related certificates and pre-set job searches.
Clicking the links will show the jobs or internships with this title or related jobs that are posted on these three sites.
An example is shown below:
There are many interesting areas in biotech. Choose one of the job areas to see a description and find videos and photo diaries related to that area.
Learn about careers and hear from people who work in biotech companies
We have videos that present different careers and photo journals from former students describing what it's like to work in different areas of biotech. Careers are the titles used in job postings.
Select the links to Photos or Videos to view these types of content.
That's not all!
We're really interested in what will make the site work best for you. Please send us your feedback! And share the site with your friends and instructors.