Biotechnology Production Workers


Overview

Biotechnology Production Workers

Introduction

Biotechnology production workers, also known as biotechnology manufacturing technicians, are involved in many aspects of the manufacture of biotechnology products such as biopharmaceuticals and biofuels. Biotechnology production supervisors and managers oversee production workers.

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Median Salary

$44,870

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

On-the-job training


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Production workers in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, which includes biotechnology production workers, averaged approximately $19.04 per hour in May 2017 (or $44,870 annually), according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The pay range for these employees is broad, depending on the size of the firm, the shift to which the worker is assigned, years at the company, and the geograph...

Work Environment

At some biotechnology firms shifts may run round the clock, meaning that some employees work a variety of shifts. Production workers often work in chemicals factories, which are well ventilated and offer good lighting but may be noisy and crowded. These workers may have to package products and load them onto trucks or docks by hand or with forklifts. Machinery operators may stand much of their ...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that "swift advances in basic medical knowledge related to genetics and organic molecules have spurred growth in the field of biotechnology. Discovery of important drugs, including human insulin and growth hormone, is the result of research using biotechnology techniques, such as recombining DNA. Many other substances not previously available in large quanti...

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