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
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
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.
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