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									This is AACC: Biotechnology
Anne Arundel Community College is your best source for training in high-growth industries.
   Outlook through 2012: The biotechnology                                               Montgomery County’s I-270 corridor already is home to several biotechnology
                                                                                         companies and the state’s proximity to federal government agencies such as
   industry is diverse, encompassing scientific research and pharmaceutical               the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
   and medicine manufacturing, as well as support positions. Federal and state           make it an advantageous location for new firms. (Baltimore Sun, July 3, 2005).
   data point to immense growth in all sectors of the industry, creating excel-              Average salaries vary from about $28,000-$37,000 for technicians with an
   lent opportunities for employment through 2012. The highest increases are             associate’s degree to $47,600 for environmental scientists and specialists with
   expected to be in the scientific research, development and technical services          master’s degrees, $52,890 for chemists with bachelor’s degrees, $56,980 for
   which are projected to grow by 70 percent between 2002 and 2012. The                  medical scientists with doctoral degrees and $60,410 for biomedical engineers
   pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing jobs are projected to increase by           with bachelor’s degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of
   23 percent during that same time period, according to the U.S. Department of          Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. In Maryland, salaries ranged
   Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.                                                   slightly higher, from an average $48,216 for employees of testing laboratories
       In Maryland, while biotechnology represents a small part of the state’s           to $69,784 for employees in research and development in the physical, engi-
   employment base, the biotechnology cluster represented more than a third of           neering and life sciences, according to the January 2005 report on the Biotech
   the growth in the statewide economy between 2001-2003. In addition, there             cluster by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s
   are signs that the industry is expected to continue its growth. Two bioparks are      Division of Workforce Development’s Office of Workforce Information and
   being built in Baltimore that are projected to add 8,500 jobs in the industry,        Performance.

Range of jobs state (MD) and county (AA) total openings in 2012
   Agricultural and food science technicians – 220 MD     Electrical engineers – 1,165 MD; 70 AA                       Medical and clinical laboratory technologists –
   Agricultural and food scientists – 110 MD              Engineering managers – 1,810 MD; 240 AA                            1,205 MD; 40 AA
   Biochemists and biophysicists – 335 MD                 Environmental engineering technicians – 120 MD               Medical scientists – 480 MD
   Biological technicians – 955 MD                        Environmental engineers – 275 MD; 20 AA                      Microbiologists – 430 MD
   Biomedical engineers – 90 MD; 10 AA                    Environmental science and protection technicians,            Natural science managers –575 MD; 30 AA
   Business operations specialists – 6,240 MD                    including health – 250 MD; 50 AA                      Office clerks, general –18,605 MD; 1,230 AA
   Chemical engineers – 225 MD; 10 AA                     Environmental scientists and specialists, including health   Packing and filling machine operators and tenders
   Chemical equipment operators and technicians –                – 625 MD; 80 AA                                             – 1,250 MD; 30 AA
          195 MD; 20 AA                                   First-line supervisors/managers of production/operation      Sales managers – 4,375 MD; 340 AA
   Chemical technicians – 225 MD                                 workers – 2,670 MD; 180 AA                            Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing,
   Chemists – 1,125 MD; 20 AA                             General and operations managers –                                  scientific/technical products – 2,945 MD; 80 AA
                                                                 26,465 MD; 2,140 AA                                   Secretaries, administrative assistants and other office
   Civil engineering technicians – 515 MD
                                                          Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers –              support workers – 760 MD
   Civil engineers – 1,870 MD; 70 AA                             1,685 MD; 210 AA                                      Statisticians – 755 MD
   Computer programmers – 4,850 MD; 500 AA                Laborers and freight, stock and materials movers             Stock clerk/order filler – 12,290 MD; 1,480 AA
   Computer specialists – 2,630 MD                               – 14,565 MD; 2,140 AA                                 Team assemblers – 3,245 MD: 80 AA
   Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers –       Life scientists, all other – 755 MD
          720 MD; 30 AA                                                                                                Zoologists and wildlife biologists – 95 MD
                                                          Mechanical engineers – 1,715 MD; 80 AA
   Electrical and electronic engineering technicians –    Medical and clinical laboratory technicians –
          1,800 MD; 270 AA                                       1,695 MD; 40 AA

Skill sets needed
   Skill sets needed for the biotechnology industry are just as diverse                  entry-level positions. Science technicians in the pharmaceutical and medicine
   as the industry itself because biotechnology weaves several fields together.           manufacturing industry need to have completed college courses in chemistry,
   While the industry still needs workers with the intellect gleaned from study          biology, mathematics or engineering, usually at the associate degree level
   at the master’s or doctoral degree levels, the growth of the industry now also        though some companies require a bachelor’s degree in biological or chemical
   requires workers trained at community colleges, technical institutes and four-        science. Scientists will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree, with many
   year institutions. Also, because the range of jobs is expanding as the industry       jobs requiring a master’s or doctoral background.
   grows, perhaps the best preparation is education and training in a traditional
   biological science, such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, virology       Increased use of computers requires workers who can use computer systems.
   or biochemical engineering. Continual training will be needed to keep current         Other auxiliary positions will require workers with good communication skills
   in a specialty.                                                                       and backgrounds in business management, quality control, manufacturing
       According to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of           processes and regulatory issues. Some firms are seeking workers from those in
   Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, companies and research organizations want         second careers or workers transitioning from the military.
   employees with formal training in computer skills and life sciences for even
AACC programs that meet those needs
  Environmental Center                                                                                             Credit courses
  Conducts research and educational activities concerning the quality of                                           Biology – Includes Anatomy and Physiology 1, 2, Ecology and Field Biology,
  natural waterways in the county and how that quality is affected by human                                              Ecosystems and the Environment, Environmental Science, Estuarine
  activities. Through applied research, the center identifies problems and devises                                       Biology, Fundamentals of Biology, Fundamentals of Molecular Biology,
  solutions in such areas as fisheries, wetlands, water quality monitoring,                                              General Botany, Genetics, Human Biology 1, 2, Introduction to Horticul-
  shoreline stabilization, aquatic plant control and effluent treatment for both                                          ture, Science Laboratory Management.
  government and industry. Diverse projects provide student employment giv-                                        Business – Includes Enterprise Systems Overview, Implementing Quality
  ing them valuable experience that supplements classroom study. The center                                             Improvement Programs, Introduction to Project Management, Introduc-
  also serves the community through advice and lectures on environmental                                                tion to Total Quality Management, Problem Solving and Measurement
  topics. Partially funded by Anne Arundel County.                                                                      in Quality Improvement, Technology Management as well as numerous
                                                                                                                        accounting, management and supervision, ethics, marketing and busi-
  Credit programs                                                                                                       ness law courses.
  Biology Option Arts and Sciences Transfer Associate of Science degree –                                          Chemistry – Includes Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry, General
        410-777-2260                                                                                                    Chemistry 1, 2, General Organic and Introduction to Biochemistry,
  Business Administration Transfer Associate of Science degree – 410-777-2390                                           Organic Chemistry 1, 2.
  Business Enterprise Systems Associate of Applied Science degree –                                                Engineering – Includes Circuit Theory, Digital Logic Design, Dynamics,
        410-777-2390                                                                                                    Engineering Materials, Introduction to Engineering Design, Mechanics of
  Business Management, Associate of Applied Science degree and certificate                                               Materials, Statics, Thermodynamics.
        programs; offers 14 options, including Total Quality Management Option                                      Honors – The Environment and Human Society: An Honors Seminar, Infinity
        which combines management, leadership and problem-solving –                                                     and Human Perspectives: An Honors Seminar, Science and Human
        410-777-2390                                                                                                    Understanding.
  Chemistry Option Arts and Sciences Transfer Associate of Science degree –                                        Mathematics – Includes Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1, 2, 3, College
        410-777-2260                                                                                                    Algebra, College Trigonometry, Differential Equations, Elementary Statis-
  Computer Information Systems Programming/Analysis Option Associate of                                                 tics, Finite Mathematics, Introduction to Discrete Structures, Introductory
        Applied Science degree – 410-777-2442                                                                           Analysis, Linear Algebra.
  Computer Information Systems Scientific Programming Option certificate                                             Miscellaneous – Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharma-
        – 410-777-2442                                                                                                  ceutical Preparations and Techniques, General Physical Science, General
  Computer Science Transfer Associate of Science degree – 410-777-2442                                                  Physics 1, 2, 3, Telecommunications Management and Financial Studies.
  Computer Science Transfer Computer Information Systems Option Associate of                                       Numerous courses in Computer Technologies from basic computer lit-
        Science degree – 410-777-2442                                                                                   eracy to programming to network management; Electronic Engineering
  Computer Science Transfer Associate of Science Management Information                                                 Technology; Engineering Technologies;
        Systems Option degree – 410-777-2442
  Electronic Engineering Technology Electronics Option Associate of Applied
                                                                                                                   Noncredit programs
                                                                                                                   Certificate in Management in cooperation with the American Management
        Science degree and certificate programs – 410-777-2433
                                                                                                                   Association – 410-777-2958
  Electronic Engineering Technology Electromechanical Option certificate --
        410-777-2433                                                                                               Noncredit courses
  Electronic Engineering Technology Telecommunications Option Associate of                                         410-777-2325
        Applied Science degree and certificate programs -- 410-777-2433                                             Forest Conservation Qualified Professional Training – state-approved
  Engineering Transfer Associate of Science degree – 410-777-2433                                                       training leading to the Maryland Forest Conservation Qualified Profes-
  Environmental Science Option Arts and Science Transfer Associate of Science                                           sional license
        degree – 410-777-2260                                                                                      How Things Work (also available for credit)
  Mathematics Transfer Associate of Science degree – 410-777-2360                                                  Project Management Applications
  Pre-Pharmacy Option Arts and Science Transfer Associate of Science degree                                        Project Management Fundamentals
        – 410-777-2260                                                                                             Numerous business courses in management, leadership and supervision and
  Science Laboratory Management certificate – 410-777-2260                                                          computer technology courses in everything from basic computer literacy to
                                                                                                                   programming and network management.

  An equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call disability support services, 410-777-2307 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request special accommodations. For
  information regarding Anne Arundel Community College’s compliance and complaints concerning discrimination or harassment, call 410-777-7432 or Maryland Relay 711.                                               1/06

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