Undergraduate Major Details

Biotechnology

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Biotechnology major is in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:

Internships

The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
CommuniCare Health Centers
Genentech
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UCDMC Orthotics
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2013-14 74 18 24.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2013-14 38.9% 33.3% 22.2% 5.6%
2014-15 50.0% 40.0% 10.0% 0.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.

Employment

Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Bayer CropScience Informatics Intern
Benefitter Associate
BioMarin Manufacture Associate
California Seed and Plant Labs Lab Technician
Siemens Microbiologist
University of California, Davis Instructor

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median Minimum Maximum 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
2014-15 $35,704 $35,000 $31,200 $41,600 $33,280 $37,440