California has long been a leader in biotechnology education. California has the largest number of community college biotech education programs, a large number of high school biotech programs, and several ATE projects. Two of the nation's leading colleges with ground-breaking programs in biomanufacturing are located in California (MiraCosta College and Solano College). The importance of biotechnology to the California economy is reflected by the number of organizations in the state. California is home to three trade organizations (BIOCOM, CLSA, and SoCalBio) and one non-profit organization (BABEC) focused on teacher professional development. California companies also pay well. The median annual salary for students two years after receiving an AS in Biotechnology is $48,398.
BIOCOM (San Diego)