Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Genetics & Biotechnology:

  • Immerse yourself in writing and learn how to write funding proposals.
  • Find a strong mentor who can give you critical feedback.

Direct your course research projects or independent study for course credit towards your dissertation and keep your dissertation topic as narrow as possible. Sciences build on each other, do not fall behind, if you do not understand a part of the material, seek help.


Consider opportunities in the following industries:

  • Small/medium sized medical companies, not just large ones
  • Scientific Magazines
  • Federal and Local government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Medical facilities, Hospitals, Doctors Offices, Private Practices
  • Medical Technology Companies
  • Biomedical Engineering companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Forensic Science Labs
  • Animal/Plant Science
  • Have knowledge of other disciplines as well, since the biotechnology field crosses with others
  • Think about going to grad school and earning you PhD if you would like to advance higher in the field.
  • Pursue research projects to gain experience while still in school

  • Include research projects and lab experience
  • Include any technical skills (such as protein characterization)
  • Include achievements (such as conference presentations, lectures, etc)
  • Include any familiarities (such as drug metabolism studies, pharmacokinetics, use of radioisotopes, etc)

You may expect specific genetic related questions such as:

  • How is co-dominance different from incomplete dominance?
  • Name three scientists involved in the Human Genome Project.
  • What is totipotency?
  • What is the method used to identify your transformed cells from the plasma vector?
    • How do you explain to patients that just because they are tested for having a higher chance of receiving a certain disease, doesn’t necessarily mean you will have that disease?
    • Give me an example of when you had a set of results, and you interpreted them in the past.
    • Why did you choose a career in genetics/ what inspired you?
    • Genetic testing is a critical decision for any individual, how will you ease their mind and walk them through the process?
    • During patient visits, you will be dealing with patients as they go through difficult times, how can you ensure me you are capable of this?
    • You might be asked to give a 30-45 minute seminar

Career Resources for Genetics & Biotechnology Majors:

Genetics & Biotechnology Degree Types:

Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology MS, PhD

Genetics and Biotechnology MS, PhD

Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology MS, PhD

Biotechnology MS, PhD

Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics MS. PhD

Human Genetics MS, PhD

Genetic Counseling MS, PhD

Genetics and Genomics MS, PhD

Cellular and Molecular Biology MS, PhD

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree: 
    • Scientific Laboratory Technician
    • Clinical Research Associate
    • Pharmacologist
    • Healthcare Scientist
    • Medical Technologist
    • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
    • Cytogeneticist Technologist
    • Molecular Genetic Technologist
    • Genetic Counselor
    • Genetics Research Technician
    • Biotechnology Consultant 
  • PhD:
    •  Professor
    • Research Scientist
    • Healthcare Scientist
    • Clinical Geneticist
    • Cytogeneticist
    • Bioinformatician
    • Biotechnical Scientist
    • Biotechnology Industry Researcher
    • Bioservices Scientist
    • Biochemist

Biomedical Engineer (Genetic Engineers, Biomaterials Engineer, Bioprocess Engineer, Medical Engineer, etc)

Median Salary:$86,960

Outlook: +27% (much faster than average)

Biological Technician (Bacteriology Technician, Biochemistry Technician, Microbiology Technician, etc)

Median Salary:$39,750

Outlook: +10% (average)

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians (Microbiology technologist, Molecular Biology Technologist, etc)

Median Salary:$47,820

Outlook: +22% (faster than average)

Biochemists and Biophysicists (Geneticists, Bioinformatician, Biological Physicist, Cell Biologist, etc)

Median Salary:$81,480

Outlook:+19% (faster than average)

Genetic Counselors (Chromosomal Disorder Counselor, Mitochondrial Disorders Counselor, etc)

Median Salary:$56,800

Outlook:+41% (much faster than average)


Related Groups:

American Society of Human Genetics – ASHG

Biotechnology (2091382)

Biotechnology, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Clinical, Regulatory, Drug, Lab, Jobs

Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics

GENETICS Jobs – Scientific, Molecular, Medical, Biotechnology

Genetics Jobs Bio Medicine Tech Biotech Pharmacy Genetic Research Biotechnology

Human Genetics

myBIO Community – Biotechnology connections

Plant Biotechnology

Resourcing Life Science – Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Clinical Research & Medical Devices

Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB)

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