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Some trend analysts have likened today’s expanding biotechnology industry to the flowering of technologies that came out of Silicon Valley in the 1960s and 70s. Its continued growth hinges on advances in healthcare, industrial biotechnology, biofuels, and cleantech. The median starting salary reported by MBP graduates with jobs in the biotech industry is $65,000.
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We connect our students with companies who discover and develop products in the pharmaceutical, medical device, agricultural, and industrial fields. Our graduates have claimed positions at biotechnology companies of different sizes and stages of development, as well as at traditional pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.
With our emphasis on research and bioprocess engineering, most graduates tend to find positions in biologics research, process development, pharmaceutical discovery, or medical diagnostics. However, students looking for alternatives to research or process development careers may consider opportunities in regulatory affairs, intellectual property law, or business operations where some MBP graduates now work.
Northwestern’s MS in Biotechnology graduates have filled positions at biotechnology companies of different sizes and stages of development, as well as at traditional pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. The list below is a small sample of positions that MBP graduates have obtained at biotech companies. We encourage you to visit our alumni page to discover even more possibilities.
Amgen, Sr. Associate-Process Development
Cell Genesys, Process Development Engineer
Genentech, Operations Analyst
Genzyme, Research Associate
MedImmune, Research Associate
PDL BioPharma, Development Associate
Coskata Energy, Scientist
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Companies
Abbott Laboratories, Cell/Molecular Biologist
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Associate Engineer
Johnson & Johnson, Sr. Regulatory Affairs Associate
Merck, Research Biochemist
Pfizer, Sr. Associate Scientist
Government and Contract Research
National Institutes of Health, Chemical Engineer
NASA/Wyle Laboratories, Biomedical Flight Controller
Consulting & Regulatory Affairs
Graduates opting for careers outside the biotechnology industry have commonly pursued opportunities in consulting at companies such as Sg2 and Accenture.
If you are an international student considering working in the United States after graduating from the MBP, you should know that employers are required to verify eligibility to work in the U.S. and the identity of all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin. F-1 and J-1 international students must apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or work permit. For more information on this process please visit Northwestern's International Visa page.