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.
Thank you for your service.
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 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
To my fellow Veterans, do not look at your job title as your only selling point. Take advantage of learning programs, internships, education programs, and find mentors. Do not limit yourself! I attribute my accomplishments to the soft skills the Military taught me in perseverance, problem-solving and adaptability and my excellent mentors.
Latoya McDuffie, Army Veteran, Manufacturing Supervisor, Seqirus
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 (CCCC) offers multiple short-term certification curriculums in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, as well as some online formats.
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
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 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.
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, AveXis
Additional Biopharma Manufacturing Programs to Explore
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.
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BioWork Blitz Interactive Workshops
The North Carolina Biotech Center’s Veterans Outreach Program, in partnership with BioNetwork's STEM Outreach team, recently hosted several workshops for Service Members, Veterans, and Military spouses at Fort Bragg’s Career Resource Center.
On behalf of the NC Biotech Center’s Veterans Outreach Program, we extend our thanks and appreciation to the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program team and to Fort Bragg’s Career Resource Center for the opportunity to deliver this program!
Each workshop session provided a unique opportunity to learn more about the biopharma industry in a fun adult hands-on learning environment.
During the three-hour BioWork Blitz workshop, we welcomed thirty participants and delivered several interactive learning sections.
Those in attendance learned about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) gowning procedures, SOP (standard operating procedure) writing, upstream and downstream biopharma manufacturing, and biopharma industry growth and careers.
The workshops were designed to support our goal to build greater awareness and pathways to rewarding careers in the Life Sciences.
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.
We’ve made the connection: military service members are a great fit for making medicines! Throughout their career, service members develop transferable skills that fit nicely in biopharma manufacturing roles. Creating opportunities for our military transition assistant 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
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
Header photo by Department of Defense/Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz
North Carolina State University Biotechnology Training and Education Center