Launch Your Next Career in the Life Sciences
Maybe you haven’t made the connection, but we have. Your military experience has prepared you for a fulfilling career in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Discipline, integrity, leadership, adaptability and attention to detail are shared values between experienced military personnel and life sciences professionals. Whether you are a former Airman, Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Coast Guardsman, your experience can land you a new career in the life sciences.
In the life sciences community we share a common drive: a compassion to serve. If you are a Military Veteran, Service Member in Transition or Military Spouse, we invite you to explore our portal and start your pathway to your next rewarding career in the life sciences.
Thank you for your service.
Veterans in Biopharma
These stories and quotes from program participants, industry partners, and military members who have entered into the biopharma manufacturing sector highlight the reward that comes with working in the life science industry.
“To my fellow service members, as you are considering your civilian career goals, my advice to you is look beyond your comfort zone. Keep an open mind and be willing to step outside of what feels comfortable. The soft skills learned in the Military; strict adherence to following procedures, drive to achieve results, and problem-solving skills are highly valued. My MOS or Military Occupational Code was Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist. If I had stayed in my comfort zone, I would have shied away from the opportunity to accept a Military Intern Bioprocess Technician role made available to me through the NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program.Read Full Quote Collapse Full Quote
John Nicolas, Army Veteran, Former Military Intern
Bioprocess Technician with Pfizer-Sanford, NC
Pfizer saw the value of my military training and experience and understood how the skills I had gained through my years of training and military experience would transfer in to their operation.Craig Hardy, Navy Veteran, Senior Maintenance Manager, Pfizer
Believe in yourself and bring forth the mindset that you possessed in the military, such as “adapt and overcome.” The ability to help others by transforming or improving the quality of life for patients and families is the biggest reward one could ask for.Marine Veteran Charles Marsh, manufacturing specialist, Novartis Gene Therapies
Jose Resto retired from his 22-year Army career on May 1, 2021 and he was ready for a new challenge. On August 30, he became a full-time Pfizer employee, converting his military experience in warehouse operations into a satisfying new career opportunity.
Thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life transition assistance program and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Resto received the life sciences training needed to transfer his warehouse management skills into a similar position at Pfizer.
Army Vet Parlays College, Military Experiences into Her Dream Job … in Biotech
After a seven-year stint in the Army Diane moved to Raeford, N.C. in early 2011. She has walked a winding career path that eventually led her to Johnston Community College and its BioWork certificate program.
Today, Zambrano is a government contracting specialist at global healthcare company Grifols in Research Triangle Park, where she is part of the government pricing team. She credits the JCC staff with putting her on the path to a career in the biopharma industry.
Transitioning Military Members into Advanced Manufacturing
Active U.S. Air Force service member Terra Trujillo recently participated in the Military Service Members in Biopharma Manufacturing BioWork training cohort to learn new skills and prepare for a transition into biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Terra’s hard work and training paid off when she landed a contractor position at Pfizer in Sanford, NC. She has moved into the Engineering Systems Administrator role and updates and maintains extensive records across training requirements and its platform.
Fort Bragg’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistant Program (SFL-TAP) team tours Pfizer-Sanford, NC
In support of the NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program, Pfizer hosted an experiential site tour for Fort Bragg’s SFL-TAP team. Attendees were welcomed with an overview of the site’s history and an expansive tour explaining biopharma manufacturing processes. Creating opportunities for our military transition assistantance program teams to experience industry operating environments and its culture is an important part of building a robust Veterans Outreach program.
Attendees are pictured left to right: Salmon Ponaport, US Army TAP Team, Raymond Godsave, NC Works, Jerves Shipman, US Army TAP Team, Charles Mitchell, Associate Director of Pfizer Manufacturing, William McMillian, US Army TAP Manager, Elizabeth Ellis, NCBiotech’s Veterans Outreach Program Consultant, and Bill Bullock, NCBiotech’s SVP Economic Development and Statewide Operations
This Leatherneck's Proud of NCBiotech's Veterans Outreach Program
As a Marine, I’m proud of my employer.
People at North Carolina’s huge military bases who are transitioning into civilian life are getting an amazing new opportunity, thanks to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and its partners.
January 2022: Raleigh Veterans Career Fair (In-Person)
This event connects the military community to local industries, businesses, and organizations that are hiring immediately. To pre-register, check here.
Join our empowering, collaborative culture, which encourages individuals to act on curiosity and indulge in new challenges. Durham, North Carolina offers an eye-catching lifestyle that includes vibrant communities and ample opportunities for personal growth.
Merck is partnering with BioNetwork to host an exclusive Merck Virtual Career Fair. Merck has a strong corporate goal to fill over 100 positions by August. Sign-up today to reserve your spot for this exclusive career event.
- Associate Technician
- Senior Technician
- Lead Technician
- Associate Specialist, Engineering
- Specialist, Engineering
- Associate Specialist, QA
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April 21, 2021: Virtual Industry Leadership Forum
Stay tuned for more details and registration.
April 29, 2021: Virtual Biopharma Career Exploration Webinar
Across North Carolina, biopharma manufacturing companies value the skills you have developed during your military career: attention to detail, ability to follow processes, problem-solving capabilities and teamwork to effectively and efficiently get work done. This program is free and open to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. Register here.
May 19, 2021: Life sciences / Biopharma Hiring Event
The NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program and North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) have teamed up to sponsor this exciting event. Visit the NC4ME to learn more about the event and register.
Across North Carolina, biopharma manufacturing companies value the skills you have developed during your military career: attention to detail, ability to follow processes, problem-solving capabilities, and teamwork to effectively and efficiently get work done. This program is free and open to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses.
Join a team of more than 360 strong, including the region’s finest engineers, automation experts, and professionals specializing in such diverse fields as environmental health and safety, quality assurance, operations, supply chain management, and business/technical analysis.
Why attend? To learn more about a career in biopharma manufacturing and the outstanding education and training opportunities in North Carolina
Who should attend? People of all ages, experience, and educational levels, including community college students, university students, and professionals looking for opportunities to begin or advance their career in biopharmaceutical manufacturing in North Carolina.
Programs & Announcements
Veterans Upward Bound
Veterans Upward Bound is designed to assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas.
The Veterans Upward Bound program is led by Central Carolina Community College and is designed to support Veterans residing in the following North Carolina counties:
- Lee County
- Harnett County
- Chatham County
- Johnston County
- Wake County
Become A Mentor with Veterati
Are you passionate about sharing your industry expertise? Have you thought about utilizing that knowledge to mentor a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, or Military Spouse?
If you answered yes, consider becoming a mentor with Veterati. Whether you are a civilian or Veteran working in the life sciences sector, you possess critical knowledge valued by mentees exploring their next career path. Visit the website below to learn how you can put your passion to good use.
North Carolina Workforce Development
Transformation Talks Episode 4
As North Carolina’s life sciences community grows, a key concern is having enough qualified workers to fill positions requiring specialized skills. NCBiotech is tackling this issue with new programs focused on providing veterans and high school students with career pathways to pharma/biomanufacturing. These programs strive to match highly qualified veterans and students with unfilled positions at the state’s pharma and biopharma companies.
Note: This podcast was recorded in early March 2020. NCBiotech remains committed to ensuring a qualified pharma/biomanufacturing workforce given its importance in addressing the challenges brought on by the COVID19 pandemic and other significant human health needs.
Bio Jobs Hub
The Bio Jobs Hub is a new resource for those interested in learning about a career in the life sciences.
In addition to learning about transferable skills, you can explore job descriptions and salary ranges, find local training, and hear first-hand successes from those in the industry.
Skills and Experience Built for Your Next Opportunity
As you close your military chapter and explore your next path, we hope you'll stay in North Carolina and consider a life science career. Careers in the life sciences o!er excellent pay and bene"ts, personal and professional growth potential, and a great way to continue your commitment to service with a purpose. These careers save lives and deliver a better quality of life at home, and across the globe.
Your military experience and training have prepared you for roles in these business categories. As you explore your next career move, take a look at the following sampling of positions found in many North Carolina biopharma manufacturing companies.
- Manufacturing technicians
- Product schedulers
- Sampling technicians
- Production leads and supervisor roles
Distribution and packaging operations
Engineering and facilities operations
- Maintenance Technicians
- Utilities / HVAC / Process
- Water / Waste / Wifi Systems
- Instrumentation and Calibration
- Environmental Health and Safety
Supply chain logistics
- Production and Materials Planning
- Vendor Management / Buyers
Military Service Members in Biopharma Manufacturing
A grant to help train military service members in North Carolina and Texas for biopharmaceutical manufacturing careers has been approved by the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals.
Dubbed Military Service Members in Biopharma Manufacturing (MSMBM), the initiative will provide targeted technical training to complement the leadership and other soft skills learned in the military. Learn more about this project and our commitment to create meaningful pathways to civilian careers and training in the life sciences.
Training Opportunities Close to Home
The following community colleges offer life science degrees and continued education training, all in close proximity to North Carolina's military bases. Veterans, transitioning service members, Reserves, and military spouses are encouraged to explore available program offerings to support your continued academic interests.
If virtual learning options are important to you, please note the indications provided below. These learning partners are now offering fully online or hybrid learning options
BioWork Certificate Program
The BioWork certificate program will equip you with the skills needed to start your next career in life sciences. The 136-hour program prepares participants for a job as a process technician for a biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or chemical manufacturing company.
What is covered in BioWork?
- Biotechnology Industry and Job Overview
- Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
- Process Flows, Technology, and Equipment
- Controlling the Process and Maintaining Quality
- Fermentation and Cell Growth
- Job Search, Resumes, and Interviews
Ten community colleges across the state offer BioWork. Find a location near you.
NC Pharmaceutical Services Network
The North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network (PSN) is a one-of-a-kind partnership between industry and academia that provides a continuum of pharmaceutical education and training to new and existing companies in North Carolina and beyond.
PSN at Pitt Community College provides provides a pilot plant type manufacturing environment and lab scale equipment to teach oral solid dosage theory and manufacturing technique.
PSN at East Carolina University is a laboratory-based education and training network. Offerings include GMP/GLP courses, short courses, and analytical services.
BioWork Blitz Workshops
The BioWork Blitz workshops were designed to support our goal to build greater awareness and pathways to rewarding careers in the life sciences.
Attendees learn about:
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Gowning procedures
- SOP (standard operating procedure) writing
- Upstream and downstream biopharma manufacturing
- Biopharma industry growth and careers.
To date, we have proudly welcomed forty participants and have delivered several interactive learning sections. Please check back for more BioWork Blitz opportunities.
Military Internships Available
NCBiotech, a world-class organization supporting growth in the biopharma manufacturing and life sciences industry, and Fort Bragg’s Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program team have come together to support military individual internships.
These military internships:
- Offer real time on-the-job experience and training in biopharma manufacturing
- Provide a direct pathway to potential civilian job placement
- Are up to 16-weeks in length
If you are a service member in transition, please contact the Fort Bragg Transition Assistance Office to identify if you are eligible to participate in an approved Career Skills Program (CSP). The Transition Assistance leadership team will be able to share if you meet eligibility. To further assist, visit the Transition Assistance Program website.
To learn more or if you do qualify, we invite you to explore listings and apply directly on the NCBiotech Jobs Board.
It is our hope this information will serve as meaningful tools as you start your journey to civilian employment. Thank you again for your interest and for your Military service!
Below are just a few of the industry partners working with the North Carolina university and community college systems to develop robust training programs throughout the state. Click their logo to browse open positions and find out more about their opportunities for veterans.
Please check back soon as we are adding more resources for employers.
Military Spouse Professional Network
Employers may learn more about connecting with the vast number of Military Spouse Professional Networks (MSPN) in or within their surrounding communities by exploring the MSPN webpage. The Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network is made up of 33,000 military spouses participating with more than 50 networks throughout the world.
North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME)
NC4ME is a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to make NC the number one state for military employment. Established by the Governor in 2015, NC4ME leverages existing workforce development resources and technology to implement an employer-centric strategy that: Educates NC’s business leaders on the value of hiring a military workforce, shows small businesses and human resource professionals how to hire military personnel, and connects military talent to open jobs, education, and training opportunities in North Carolina.
By centering its focus on the “demand-side” of the employment equation, NC4ME serves as a perfect complement to the vast number of programs currently preparing veterans for civilian employment and gives a much-needed boost to military job seekers in North Carolina. More than just the “right thing” to do, hiring veterans drive business results for North Carolina’s employers and economic growth for our state.
NCBiotech proudly partners with the NC4ME organization to attend and support hiring events for the Military community. Industry leaders seeking to expand their talent reach are encouraged to explore the NC4ME website.
North Carolina National Guard Center
Connect with the North Carolina National Guard Center and expand your opportunities to connect with service members seeking to transition to their next civilian career.
North Carolina Workforce Development Boards
The NC Workforce Development Boards are an important partner to the life sciences community. Connecting with your local board assists industry leaders with advancing connectivity within the community. Your local board and NC Works resource centers offer access to on-the-job training programs and other community resources.
Additionally, NC Works offers a dedicated Veterans Outreach resource portal. If you have not connected with your local board, we encourage you to connect and explore available resources and programs!
Onward to Opportunity Fort Bragg
The Onward to Opportunity (O2O) Fort Bragg program provides industry leaders direct access to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses that have completed O2O’s professional suite of certification programs. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match our military community with their next career. The NCBiotech Veterans Outreach Program collaborates with O2O to connect the military community to careers in the life sciences.
Veterans Upward Bound Program
Veterans Upward Bound led by Central Carolina Community College is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of post-secondary education.
The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete post-secondary education programs. This program currently serves veterans residing in the following North Carolina counties: Lee County Harnett County Chatham County Johnston County Wake County.
Visit the Veterans Upward Bound Program page to learn more.
Whole Vet works with local universities, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Battalion to provide events that offer opportunities for career development, networking, education, mentorship, and more. Select the provided links to identify if this resource is a good fit for your organization.
Launch Your Next Career in the Life Sciences
Header photo by Department of Defense/Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz
North Carolina State University Biotechnology Training and Education Center