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Agricultural Careers Biological Engineer By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Asha Wise Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Georgia Department of Education May 2006
Job Duties & Responsibilities • Develop the processing methods needed to produce products from bioresearch • Write and submit grant proposals • Develop new products • Design and conduct research • Write reports and present research data • Design the development of microbiological processes • Design and produce biochemicals, enzymes, and pharmaceuticals and to treat municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastes
Enjoy working with computers and machines • Have an understanding of scientific and technical material • Be capable of using advanced mathematical and statistical formulas and concepts • Be good at working with a complex body of knowledge thinking abstractly • Have intellectual creativity and the ability to plan, organize and conduct research efficiently Qualities and Skills
Salary • Range from $40,000 to $70,000 • According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers: • - Those with a bachelor’s degree average starting salary is $46,000 • - Those with a master’s degree average starting salary is $50,000
Projected Growth • Increasing concerns about food safety and the need to process waste materials biologically are creating a growing demand • Employment is increasing and will continue to increase over the next few years • With education, specialized training, and experience promotion in the field is likely
Education • The minimum education requirement for a biological engineer entry level position is a four-year degree. • An aspiring biological engineer should take courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, communications, computer science, economics, and a variety of engineering sciences such as: environmental engineering, water movement, instrumentation, controls, and genetics.
Career Resources Society for Biological Engineering3 Park Ave New York, N.Y. 10016http://bio.aiche.org/ American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Suite 401, Washington, D.C. 20006http://www.aimbe.org/ The American Society of Agricultural Engineers2950 Niles RdSt. Joseph, MI 49085www.asae.org Junior Engineering Technical Society1420 King StAlexandria, VA 22314www.jets.org Discover engineeringwww.discoverengineering.org