Biotechnologist Ringa Hangarau Koiora

Biotechnologists use their knowledge of living organisms to create new animal or plant-based products such as pest-resistant crops and pharmaceuticals. 

Biotechnologists may do some or all of the following:

  • study the genetic make-up of plants, animals, humans and micro-organisms
  • study micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, yeast, and their enzymes
  • use cellular and molecular techniques to produce novel crops that are more resistant to disease or have increased productivity
  • develop and test methods of making new products
  • meet with clients to discuss problems and propose solutions using biotechnology
  • monitor production trends and data
  • work out budget and production costs, and prepare funding or patent applications
  • participate in intellectual property negotiations related to their field of expertise.

 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for biotechnologists includes:  

  • laboratory work
  • research work
  • work in quality control
  • business-related work.

Personal Qualities

Biotechnologists need to be:

  • patient and persevering
  • investigative and enquiring
  • detail-oriented
  • observant
  • creative and innovative
  • good at problem-solving
  • good at planning and organising.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for biotechnologists includes:  

  • laboratory work
  • research work
  • work in quality control
  • business-related work.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter further training. NCEA Level 3 calculus, biology, maths, chemistry and physics are preferred.

Biotechnologists can earn around $55K-$75K per year per year.

Biotechnologist