Join a growing field with our Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, topping $500 billion a year. Nationally, employment of biological technicians is expected to grow by 5 percent through 2024.
In Florida, biotechnology has a large footprint, and is now home to more than 1,100 biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, who need qualified technicians.
Preparing you for the workforce
Our Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree gives you the hands-on skills to join a growing field and work in laboratories as a biological technician. In this role, you assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories by operating and maintaining laboratory instruments, conducting and observing experiments and recording results in detail.
What you will do
As a biological technician, you assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories by operating and maintaining laboratory instruments, conducting and observing experiments and recording results in detail.
"I recommend the biotechnology program at St. Petersburg College because it was specifically tailored and designed from the very beginning so that students get the exact skills that employees want. I know that if I hire graduates of SPC's program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive."
Member of SPC's Biotechnology Advisory Committee
Associate professor at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine
Researching cell- and drug-based therapies and treatments for Type I and II diabetes
- Clinical research
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Biotechnology and biomanufacturing firms
- Forensic investigation
- Environmental improvement and protection
- Agricultural product enhancement
Skills that biotechnology employers are looking for
- Top three technical skills
- Hands-on experience
- Basic understanding of research design and implementation
- Basic animal handling
- Top three soft skills
- Written and oral communication
- Self motivation
- Critical thinking
- Key duties for the workforce
- Lab maintenance
- Lab preparation and organization
- Budget management
The starting salary in Florida is $24,421 and the average salary is $37,975.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity