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.

Military Veterans and the life science community share a common drive: a compassion to serve.

Discipline, integrity, leadership, adaptability and attention to detail are shared values between experienced military personnel and life science 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.

Upcoming Events and Learning Programs

NCBiotech and many biopharma manufacturing companies will be attending the Fort Bragg Fall Transition and Training Expo on October 23, 2019. Veterans, transitioning services members and military spouses won't want to miss this unique opportunity to connect with growing biopharma manufacturing companies. Come discover your next career with us!

Thank you for your service.

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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 offer excellent pay and benefits, 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 operations

    • Manufacturing technicians
    • Product schedulers
    • Sampling technicians
    • Production leads and supervisor roles
  • Warehouse operations

  • Distribution and packaging operations

  • Engineering and facilities operations

    • Maintenance Technicians
    • Utilities / HVAC / Process
    • Refrigeration
    • Water / Waste / Wifi Systems
    • Instrumentation and Calibration
    • Electricians
    • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Supply chain logistics

    • Production and Materials Planning
    • Vendor Management / Buyers
  • Information Technology

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

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.

Central Carolina Community College

Central Carolina Community College

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) offers multiple short-term certification curriculums in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, as well as some online formats.

Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College

The Johnston Community College (JCC) biotechnology department offers training that prepares individuals for high tech, well-paying jobs in the biotechnology sector. There are a variety of courses available and an associate's degree curriculum program to meet the growing needs of the industry. 

Pitt Community College

Pitt Community College

The Pitt Community College biotechnology curriculum has been developed to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers in the biological and chemical technology fields. The course work emphasizes training for positions such as research assistants, laboratory technicians and quality control technicians.

Fayetteville Tech Community College

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) offers educational programs tailored for current military and veterans. FTCC has a convenient location at the Bragg Training and Education Center (BTEC), ideal for the soldiers and families stationed at Fort Bragg and Pope Airfield, and designed its programs in flexible formats to fit busy schedules.

In the Military, you serve the country, the people, you serve something bigger than yourself. What we do at Pfizer is impacting lives across the globe. In my job, I'm still serving something bigger than myself, and that is very satisfying to me.

Craig Hardy, Navy Veteran, Senior Maintenance Manager, Pfizer

Additional Biopharma Manufacturing Programs to Explore

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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.


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.

The PSN program at East Carolina University (PSN@ECU) provides laboratory-based education and the PSN program at Pitt Community College (PSN@PCC) teaches oral solid dosage theory and manufacturing techniques in a real-world environment.


Biomanufacturing Educational Resources

North Carolina offers training resources and programs in the biopharma manufacturing industry throughout the state. You'll find support resources to help you advance your biomanufacturing career at every stage in your professional development.

Take a look to see what training opportunities are offered at a variety of educational levels, from K-12 through graduate degree programs.

View Biomanufacturing Educational Resources

Browse Open Positions

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.

Photo credits:

Header photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz, Department of Defense, North Carolina State University, Biotechnology Training and Education Center, iStock