The career options are expanding rapidly. Advances in genetic engineering, protein engineering, cell culture and molecular biology have generated a virtually unlimited potential for altering the capabilities of living systems, greatly expanding the scope of biotechnology, generating new applications for biological products and allowing a previously unprecedented ability to control life processes.

Where can our graduates go?

Graduates can work in:

  • Agricultural, environmental, chemical, food processing, pharmaceutical and waste management industries
  • Beverage and food production
  • Biotechnology, medical and agricultural industries
  • Government and research establishments
  • In a range of public and private diagnostic, therapeutic and research laboratories covering microbiology, hematology, bioremediation, immunology, forensic science, crop development, pest control, animal production, veterinary services, molecular biology and protein engineering
  • Medical and veterinary science service industries
  • Intellectual Property
  • Suppliers to the Biotechnology Industry

Getting a degree is the first step on a pathway to a range of employment opportunities. Some potential occupations for those with a degree in this area as they progress through their career include those listed below.

Potential Occupations

Potential Employers

  • Assistant Plant Breeder
  • Bioanalytical Chemist
  • Biodiscovery Research Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Business Development Manager
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Graduate Administrative Assistant
  • Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Patent Examiner
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Policy Officer
  • Production Technician
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • R & D Scientist
  • Research Development Officer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Trainee Patent Attorney Biotechnologist
  • Alphapharm Pty Ltd
  • Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
  • Bio Innovation SA
  • Bionomics Limited
  • Cotton CRC
  • Cryptome Pharmaceuticals
  • CSL Limited
  • EvoGenix
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • GeneWorks
  • Hospira
  • IP Australia
  • Jurlique International
  • Novogen Laboratories
  • Vet Biotechnology Ltd
  • Numico Research Australia
  • Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Q-Pharm Pty Limited
  • Starpharma
  • TGR BioSciences
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • vivoPharm

These jobs indicate some possible employment pathways, including graduate and more advanced (or higher level) positions, and reflect the diversity of our student cohort. Some jobs may require further experience or study and are included here to illustrate the breadth of potential pathways available as you progress in your career.