Animal/Plant Biotechnologist

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

Animal/Plant Biotechnologist

What does an Animal/Plant Biotechnologist do?

Animal/Plant Biotechnologists may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.

What personal requirements will you need?

  • knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and physics
  • an understanding of industrial processes
  • knowledge of safety procedures relating to the hazardous substances they use
  • an understanding of statutory and ethical responsibilities relating to genetic engineering
  • practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment
  • skill in analysing and interpreting research results
  • ability to communicate complex research findings to a range of audiences
  • writing skills, for writing reports or proposals.
Undergraduate Courses To Become

AnimalPlant Biotechnologist