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Bioscience Career Resources: Ideas and Links

Where to Get Started

The word is getting out, bioscience careers are the careers of tomorrow. And you are in the right place. There are so many resources to get you started, and best of all, they are free.

Students & Job Seekers

The O*NET program provides comprehensive occupational descriptions and data for use by job seekers, workforce development offices, human resources professionals, students, researchers, and others. Job seekers, students, and counselors can find new career options using O*NET OnLine. For employers it can be used for job descriptions, training, and other workplace needs. The occupational information in the O*NET database can help labor market information specialists, business forecasters, and other researchers.
CA Career Café  is a  virtual career center created for California Community College Students, but has many resources that are relevant for students anywhere .  It is  designed  to provide FREE activities and resources 24/7 to help students make decisions and get experience along their journey to a career and JOB! It is a great resource that provides self-assessments to identify strengths and talents,  while matching  personality to careers. The information provided will help students get advice, set goals, become job ready,  find a job and get hired. 
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a government site that provides information for job-seekers at any level of experience.  The site includes videos that show a “day in the life” for over 500 careers, extensive career descriptions that include education and training needed, work environment, anticipated openings, and salary ranges.

Spectrum Career, LLC offers Certified Personnel Consultants to provide Direct Search, Contract Recruiting and Career Coaching for Biotechnology, Healthcare Information Technology and other industries.  


For Career Changers: has been helping aspiring career professionals, job seekers and students make better, more informed career choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information. The site has a special section with tools for those who aiming for a career change.
Quintessential is a key source for all things career-change related. Here users  will find some great free career-change tools and resources. These include career assessment tools, career-changer job-search tools, job-search methods for the career changer, career networking, strategic planning utilizing transferrable skills, job-search portal, and additional  job search resources.

What Can I Do With This Major/Degree? helps visitors save time and money on their education. Their team of teachers and professional researchers and writers has put together the Web's best collection of resources that will help individuals reach their goals as efficiently as possible by researching different majors and identifying the career paths associated with them.

Other Resources

NACE Salary Calculator Center - NACE is the leading source of information about the employment of the college educated, and the essential link connecting college career services and HR/recruiting professionals at corporations hiring new college graduates.  The NACE Salary Calculator enables users to perform a salary data search for the occupation and region in which they are seeking employment. The NACE Salary Calculator also enables employers to perform multiple compensation analyses with precise salary data for any occupation selected .
Career TV - is a global Internet and social media company specializing in streaming employer branding and career videos across the web. Their  audience are students and young professionals from all over the world researching and planning their careers. The companies profiled are the most sought-after employers in the world.
Career One-Stops - CareerOneStop is a source for employment information to manage  career pathways. It provides tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Prior Learning Assesment - Not all college-level learning takes place in the classroom. Learning can be from professional work and training, military experience, volunteering, or open-source learning from the web.  The process of evaluating this learning for college credit is called prior learning assessment (PLA). helps to create a learning portfolio to demonstrate expertise for undergraduate college credit. The portfolio development courses help you showcase what you’ve learned through the development of a learning portfolio.  If you complete a portfolio, your work will be assessed by expert faculty and awarded undergraduate college credit. You can earn up to 12 credit hours for each portfolio!


Teacher tools to inspire a student to pursue bioscience

If you are a counselor or someone who wants to inspire a student to pursue bioscience, check out these great classroom resources:
Meeting of the Molecules - From crystallization to protein folding, basic biological and chemical processes depend on interactions among atoms and molecules. High school and beginning college students can study and manipulate these liaisons at Molecular Logic from the Concord Consortium.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences: The Structures of Life - The online brochure from NIGMS focuses on structural biology.
Centers for Disease Control: EXCITE Program - EXCITE is a collection of teaching materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce students to public health and epidemiology, the science used by "Disease Detectives" everywhere. Students will learn about the scientific method of inquiry, basic biostatistics, and outbreak investigation.
American Society of Plant Biologists - provides comprehensive resources for grades K-12 including an outreach program designed to expose students and teachers to plant biology research from the scientist’s perspective and to encourage students who may be interested in pursuing plant biology as a career.
How Do Cells Make Proteins? - This interactive activity from the Exploratorium examines the role of proteins, the molecules that form the structures and drive the processes that create living, breathing plants and animals. Cells use genes to make proteins for critical jobs like carrying oxygen and contracting muscles. Explore the steps of protein synthesis, the process by which DNA is transcribed and translated into the tens of thousands of different types of proteins that make us what we are.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences: The Chemistry of Health - This online science education booklet offers a sampling of how basic chemistry and biochemistry research can spur a better understanding of human health.
ActionBioscience - is a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy by examining issues that will:
  • motivate the public to play an active role in bioscience education
  • show how developments in bioscience research can affect everyone
  • promote an understanding of biogeography and the biodiversity of life
  • engage the public to reflect on the relationship between human activity and the natural 
  • course of evolution
  • promote global ecological awareness
  • advance formal and informal bioscience education
  • encourage students to pursue studies in the biosciences

Workforce Developers

If you are a workforce developer interested in growing Ohio’s bioscience workforce, check out these great workforce development resources:

Bio-Link National Center - Bio-Link is the Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences.  Bio-Link originated in late 1998 with a grant from the National Science Foundation as a National ATE Center for Biotechnology.  The ATE program was created to improve and expand educational programs that prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive the U.S. economy.

Bio-Link enhances biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by making use of technologies and by creating a system for sharing of information. The Regional Centers connect with local industry and educational institutions including community colleges, baccalaureate institutions, and high schools. In addition, each regional center spearheads a different element of the program. Bio-Link is supporting a cadre of well-trained instructors and is increasing the number and quality of biotechnology programs for students.

Bio-Link is bringing a wide range of underrepresented students to biotechnology who have the knowledge and skills essential to the field as well as the ability to continue with more advanced education in math, science and engineering.

North Carolina BioNetwork - Although this resource isn’t directly available for those of us in Ohio, it is none the less a great model to check out. BioNetwork supports the mission of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) aligning world class workforce training and education to the Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries. BioNetwork trains at all levels of this industry, upgrading the skills of incumbent workers, from entry level to management. Our seven centers, strategically and geographically positioned, develop short and curriculum designed courses to meet the needs of industry. The centers themselves are staffed with highly skilled industry trained experts that are constantly developing workforce training programs that can be delivered anywhere in North Carolina.