BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Biotechnology research and development includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Fields of study may involve researching diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.

CAREER DETAILS

Description:
Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities.

Tasks:

  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.
  • Study animal and human health and physiological processes.
  • Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.
  • Write and publish articles in scientific journals.

*Additional tasks may be needed for this career.

Average Salary:
$52,850 – $93,420

Description:
Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Tasks:

  • Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
  • Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
  • Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
  • Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.

*Additional tasks may be needed for this career.

Average Salary:
$55,720 – $124,430

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