The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment of biological scientists, who work largely for universities and government laboratories, to increase 21 percent from 2008-2018. The BLS noted that biotechnology in particular has driven research and development job growth. The BLS also expected employment for scientists, who work in scientific research and development firms, to increase due to the growth of biotechnology. These scientist jobs were projected to increase 40 percent from 2008-2018, according to the BLS.
According to the American Chemical Society, biotechnology, in the broadest sense, involves the use of living organisms or cell processes to make useful products. Biotechnology is the field making daily headlines as new biotechnology advances and analytical techniques are unlocking the mysteries of human disease and leading to the development of numerous therapeutic agents and other "biologic" products.
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