Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Bioscience Technology Careers

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Our program is designed to prepare you for an entry-level job in the bioscience industry. You may find employment with a research institution like OHSU or with a company like Genentech. Despite popular belief, finding employment in the biosciences does not require a Ph.D. It simply requires having the right knowledge and mastering the necessary skills. The Biotechnician Certificate and Associate of Applied Science in Bioscience Technology are practical ways to get started in a complex and competitive industry. Graduates of the program may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, and some have gone on to more advanced degrees, including the Ph.D.

What Will I Do On The Job?

Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of ways. Jobs include making and packaging pharmaceutical drugs or medical devices; researching and developing new bioscience products; and working in non-clinical labs with specialized practices such as forensics, food quality measurements and DNA diagnostics.

What Skills Will I Use On The Job?

On the job, you may make and handle solutions, take measurements, culture cells, run manufacturing processes, and carry out analytical and preparative procedures with biological molecules such as DNA and antibodies. Technicians need to be careful and detail-oriented with a solid understanding of how the precision of their work contributes to the larger development and production of bioscience products. Technicians also need to be comfortable working in a highly regulated setting.

Who Will Hire Me?

A variety of companies and research institutions employ entry-level bioscience technicians. Because our programs were designed with input from local industry partners, our graduates are in an excellent position to find employment with bioscience companies, research institutions, local and state agencies, private service laboratories and related industries. At PCC, you will have the opportunity to take electives for crossover work into physical sciences like microelectronics to increase your employment opportunities.

How Much Can I Earn?

Approximate annual salaries in the Portland area:

  • Starting average: $28,000 ($11 to $17 per hour).
  • With experience: $38,000 ($13 to $20 per hour, or higher with a bachelor of science).