"I recommend the biotechnology program at St. Petersburg College because it was specifically tailored
and designed from the very beginning so that students get the exact skills
that employees want. I know that if I hire graduates of SPC’s program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive." Michael Shamblott
Member of SPC’s Biotechnology Advisory Committee
Associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine
Researching cell- and drug-based therapies and treatments for Type I and II diabetes
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Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, topping $500 billion a year. Nationally, employment of biological technicians is expected to grow by 5% through 2024.
In Florida, biotechnology has a large footprint, and is now home to more than 1,100 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, who need qualified
Our A.S. degree in Biotechnology Laboratory Technology gives you the hands-on skills to join a growing field and work in laboratories as a
biological technician. In SPC's program, you will learn core biotechnical laboratory techniques, broad biology,
microbiology and chemistry concepts, algebraic and statistical analysis, biohazard and safety
procedures and human anatomy and physiology or botany.
As a biological technician, you assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories by operating and maintaining laboratory instruments, conducting and observing experiments and recording results in detail.
The starting salary in Florida is $24,421 and the average salary is $37,975.
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