A biotechnologist uses biological organisms to create and improve products and processes. They work in areas as diverse as food and agriculture, environmental conversation and medicine.
Biotechnologists seek to understand the basic building blocks of living things and they use the techniques of molecular biology to do so. They study the genetic, chemical and physical attributes of cells, tissues and organisms and identify practical uses for this knowledge.
Among other things, a biotechnologist in the area of food and agriculture might produce enzymes and preservatives for use in food and drink products or they might genetically modify crops to increase yields. An environmental biotechnologist might convert plants into biofuels or create plant-based bioplastics and a medical biotechnologist will research and produce new pharmaceutical drugs and medical treatments.
To become a biotechnologist, you need to be in a relevant scientific course such as biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, microbiology, environmental biology or chemical engineering.
The Job Scope
- Designing and implementing research studies
- Developing new research procedures
- Working with lab technicians on research
- Setting up the laboratory equipment to conduct and monitor experiments
- Collecting, studying and testing samples such as food, cells, tissues, blood samples, bacteria cultures and living organisms
- Recording findings and analyzing the results
- Identifying how the research can be applied to improving human life
A fresh graduate in the field of biotechnology can earn a salary ranging between RM2,500 to RM3,500.