Industry Spotlight: Bioscience

Industry Summary

Do you love science? Are you detail-oriented and precise? A career in BioScience could be the right fit for you! Jobs in the BioScience field include laboratory assistants and biological technicians.  BioScience is one of St. Louis’s leading industries and a career in BioScience can put you on the path to advancing scientific knowledge and helping to solve problems in the fields of agriculture, plant science, nutrition, and biomedicine.

The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a career in Bioscience. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.

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Entry-Level Occupations

Entry occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing a bioscience career, consider the following roles.

Laboratory Assistant:

  • Median Salary: $49,820
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 290

Biological Technician:

  • Median Salary: $49,820
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 370

There are short term training programs in St. Louis for all of these roles. 

Training Programs


FWCA-Bioscience and Technology Training Program:

A 12-week comprehensive scientific-based training and career tracking program that focuses on preparing participants for careers in STEM including biotechnology, biomedical devices, and pharmaceutical industries. Click here for a full listing of this program.

Saint Louis Community College- Biomedical Electronics Technology Program:

This program provides students with skills necessary to enter the field of Biomedical Electronics service and support as Biomedical Electronics Technicians (BMET). Students will learn human anatomy, electrical and electronic concepts associated with medical electronics and devices, basic science behind instruments, and troubleshooting techniques. As a BMET, you’ll test, adjust, calibrate or repair biomedical or electro-medical equipment such as patient monitors, defibrillators, electric wheelchairs and medical imaging equipment. Click here for a full listing of this program.

Saint Louis Community College- Biotechnology Program:

Through this program you will learn very important laboratory skills such as cloning, protein purification, proper documentation of experiemnts, forensics, plant transformation, and bioprocessing.  This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in a life science research laboratory, in molecular-cellular quality control, in bioprocessing, and in other life science industry settings. Click here for a full listing of this program.

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Next Steps

It is important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your career in bioscience. The recommended RYEC approved programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.

Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)

  • BioMedical Engineers (SOC: 17-2031.00)
  • Technical Writers (SOC: 27-3042)

Top Regional Employers: 

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Rollins Incorporated
  • Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.
  • Kemtah Group Incorporated
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Current High School Students

Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available: 

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