Undergraduate Major Details


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:


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
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School
National Institutes of Health
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Chemistry
UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UCDHS Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
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
2012-13 50 22 44.0%
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+
2012-13 31.8% 54.5% 13.6% 0.0%
2013-14 38.9% 33.3% 22.2% 5.6%
2014-15 50.0% 40.0% 10.0% 0.0%
2015-16 33.3% 25.0% 41.7% 0.0%
2016-17 26.7% 20.0% 33.3% 20.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


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
AMR Emergency Medical Technician
Bayer CropScience Informatics Intern
Benefitter Associate
BioMarin Manufacture Associate
Bio-Rad Laboratories Product Manager
California Seed and Plant Labs Lab Technician
Genentech Qc Associate
Siemens Microbiologist
University of California Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Instructor
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Staff Research Associate

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
2012-14 $43,000 $43,000
2014-15 $34,000 $28,000
2015-17 $51,750 $50,500