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Frequently Asked Questions


What is biotechnology?
What types of jobs are available in biotechnology?
What kind of future can I expect from studying biotechnology?
What kind of salary can I expect to earn?
How will the SWC Biotechnology Program help me?



What is biotechnology?
Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field of science with enormous potential for both improving life and providing a growing source of well paying technical jobs. Biotechnology is the science of using and modifying biological material in order to develop products and organisms for specific use.



What types of jobs are available in biotechnology?
There are many career options available in biotechnology. Most of these require a certificate or associate in science degree and are career options at an entry level technician position in the following areas, which include but are not limited to the biotechnology industry: food, oil, genomics, pharmaceutical industry, forensic science, agriculture, anthropology, NASA projects and basic research in an academic or non-profit institution.



What kind of future can I expect from studying biotechnology?
A very good one! All graduates of our programs in biotechnology are eligible for internship opportunities and are well qualified to become entry level lab technicians or assistants. To date, all of our students who participated in an internship either transferred to a four year university or are employed in the biotechnology field.



What kind of salary can I expect to earn?
There are a variety of entry level positions. Starting salaries will vary depending on a variety of factors such as an individuals' level of education (those with a bachelor's degree are usually paid more than those with an associate's degree), experience, as well as the size and location of the employer. According to salary wizard on Salary.com "the median expected salary for a typical Research Associate I - Biotech in the United States is $41,195."



How will the SWC Biotechnology Program help me?
The SWC Biotechnology Program has four academic pathways: certificate, associate in science degree, transfer track and a parallel track, that provide you with

  • real world experiences and a marketable skill set
  • training in the fundamental skills needed for entry-level laboratory technician positions
  • offer new options for students interested in science
  • provide enrichment experience for transfer students that will enhance their success after transfer

Our program offers internship opportunities, access to state-of-the-art equipment, supplies and resources, lab and teaching assistant opportunities, faculty and staff who are knowledgeable and respected by the industry, as well as small class sizes and relaxed atmosphere.