Biotechnologists use plants, animals, microbes, biochemistry and genetics to develop new products and improve existing ones.

Day-to-day tasks

Your day to day duties will depend on your specialism.

In environmental biotechnology, you could:

  • clean polluted land or water
  • create renewable sources of energy, like biodiesel
  • make environmentally friendly materials like biodegradable plastics

In medical biotechnology you could:

  • research and treat diseases like cancer
  • develop therapies, vaccines and hormones to treat the cause of diseases
  • produce medicines


Leicestershire has the first UK Life Science Enterprise zone with many organisations looking to recruit young people in the local area: Charnwood Campus, Loughborough Science Park


You could work at a research facility, at a university or in a laboratory. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Working Hours

Hours vary depending on the organisation but typically you will work in shifts Monday-Friday.


£19,000-£55,000 per year depending on experience.


You’ll usually need a degree in a scientific subject.

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
    a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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