Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences
The Blinn College District Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences Program is perfect for many students who are interested in the sciences, particularly biology.
Through this program, students interested in a laboratory-based career learn the skills they need to begin their career with a one-year Level 2 Certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree. Students who already hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree can complete a one-year Advanced Technical Certificate, qualifying them for employment in the pharmaceutical industry.
Students learn basic laboratory skills, U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, and good manufacturing practices (GMPs), preparing them for employment in regulated environments. Blinn has strong relationships with local companies that look to Blinn to hire interns and new employees, and students have opportunities to meet industry leaders and former students and to tour local biotechnology facilities while enrolled in the program. To date, every graduate of the Blinn Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences Program has been hired following graduation.
In addition to career opportunities, students who complete the program can apply their credits toward a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology.
Students who complete Blinn’s Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences Program are prepared for careers as biological technicians and other careers in the biologics pharmaceutical industry, as well as any laboratory-based career.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for biological technicians is growing faster than the national average, with 8,400 new jobs expected to be created between 2016 and 2026. Texas ranks second in the nation with 5,890 jobs available in this growing field.
Biological technicians earn a median salary of $44,500 per year, or $21.39 per hour.