Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Will you help save the world? This sector of training teaches you the science behind combating disease, reducing energy usage and creating safer medicines. If it involves chemicals, compounds and how those interact with living organisms, you will learn about it all, right here. Whether working in a medical device laboratory, or calculating a special medicine for animals, the biotech industry is soaring in California. They need you now.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians $47,819
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $44,179
  • Chemical Technicians $48,506
  • First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers $59,913
  • Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters $65,077

SAMPLE OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS

  • University of California San Diego
  • Pfizer
  • Illumina Inc.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
  • Celgene Corporation
  • Alere Incorporated
  • Leidos
  • Hovione

Did you know?

  • Life Sciences is considered “recession-proof” because employment increased during the 2007-2009 recession when most sectors experienced job decline.
  • San Diego has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 regions in the country for Life Sciences innovation.
  • 63% of students who graduated from the San-Diego Imperial community colleges’ Life Sciences – Biotechnology programs in 2016 were employed after a year of exiting post-secondary education.
  • While the sector has considerable barriers to entry for its career pathways, individuals who are able to succeed in this industry are typically rewarded with high-paying, challenging positions that provide considerable advancement opportunities.
  • Life Sciences and Biotechnology is a sector that exists at the crossroads of innovative scientific research and the dynamic market economy. It is comprised of professional, scientific and technical industries that involve the scientific study of living organisms.
Source: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & San Diego Workforce Partnership

Programs & Schools

Cuyamaca College

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  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialst 1
  • Office Software Specialist 2
  • Management
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Grossmont College

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  • Forensics
  • Business Administration *ADT cert
  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant, Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 1
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 2
  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Info Technology Technician
  • Management
  • Marketing
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Imperial Valley College

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  • Addiction Disorders Studies
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MiraCosta College

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  • Biomanufacturing
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Research and Development
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San Diego Miramar College

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  • Applied Biology
  • Applied Biotechnology - Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Allied Health Track
  • Biotechnology
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student success story

Student Story: Tracy Naputi

Today, Tracy is a scientist. But before getting career training, she was a divorced mother of five, managing a McDonald’s and living with her kids in her mom’s two-bedroom apartment. Tracy wanted to provide a better life for her family and saw the opportunity to earn more money if she studied biotechnology.Watch now to discover how quickly Tracy was hired.

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