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.

Attend the Virtual Life Sciences Hiring Event on June 9

Across the Globe, COVID-19 has demanded we seek out creative and new ways of working. For many North Carolina life sciences employers, hiring plans remain intact with critical roles to staff. To accomplish industry hiring objectives, we must continue to build our talent pipeline and deliver innovative approaches to recruiting, candidate selection, hiring, and on-boarding talent in a safe and healthy way.

In our great state, we have a rich Military presence representing a capable and job-ready talent resource. The Military has prepared Veterans and Transitioning Service members with transferable assets to assimilate successfully in to civilian careers within the industry.

To help employers connect with exceptional Military talent, NCBiotech's Veterans Outreach Program and North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) organization have teamed up to offer a Virtual Life Sciences Hiring Event to be held June 9, 2020. The Virtual Life Sciences Hiring Event provides participating employers the unique opportunity to expand their talent reach and connect with Transitioning Military Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses to fill open positions in their organization at NO COST!

Employers: North Carolina life science and biopharma manufacturing employers are invited to register here and select the "Employer Ticket" option.

Job Seekers: Service Members in Transition (preferably within six months of your Military exit date), honorably discharged Veterans, and Military Spouses, we hope you will continue to explore civilian career opportunities with the life sciences. Please select the "Candidate Ticket" option if you wish to attend.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their resume highlighting their related work experience and training. For Service Members in Transition and Veterans, as you deem appropriate, you may also include your Military Joint Service Training document.

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Thank you for your service.


National Military Spouse Appreciation Day

On behalf of NCBiotech, we pause on this day to celebrate National Military Spouse Appreciation Day! We honor the contributions and sacrifices Military Spouses make along with the support and commitment they provide to help keep our country safe.

We believe America’s military spouses are the silent heroes. Military spouses serve as the backbone for their families to support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration and reset.

To all America’s Military spouses, you represent strength and compassion for our great nation and your loved ones.  On this day and every day, we say thank you!


COVID-19 Resources

Visit the NCBiotech COVID-19 Resource page for list of resources and event updates.

“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. 

Don’t underestimate your skills. I found through my internship and BioWork training that Biopharma manufacturing is where I want to be in my civilian career.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone and would not have changed a thing.  To my fellow service members and military spouses, I also recommend you consider completing the BioWork Certification Program offered at some of the Community Colleges.  For me, I completed the program at Central Carolina Community College and had a blast!  It’s a program designed for the adult learner, industry specific, and the program instructor was great.  For me, completing the BioWork certification program while on my Military Internship was instrumental as all the work I was performing and why I was doing it became crystal clear.  I had such a great experience I’ve volunteered to support an upcoming video project. 

 In closing, I’ll leave my fellow service members, veterans, and military spouses with this: I once had a Sergeant Major who would often say “every day is a selection”.  He meant every day you must prove you belong here.  I have found those words were true.  If continuing to serve others in your civilian career is important to you, the biopharma manufacturing industry allows you to continue to serve others while using all the skill assets you developed while serving our great country.  Take the initiative to explore military internships in biopharma manufacturing or take the BioWork Certification class.  Think outside your comfort zone and give it a go!  I did and now I’m fully engaged in my civilian career working as a full-time Bioprocess Technician with Pfizer.”

John Nicolas, Army Veteran, Former Military Intern, Bioprocess Technician with Pfizer-Sanford, NC

June 9: Virtual Life Sciences Hiring Event

NCBiotech's Veterans Outreach Program and North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) organization have teamed up to offer a Virtual Life Sciences Hiring Event to be held June 9, 2020. The Virtual Life Sciences Hiring Event provides participating employers the unique opportunity to expand their talent reach and connect with Transitioning Military Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses to fill open positions in their organization at NO COST!

Our hiring event puts you face-to-face with hiring managers that meet your interests. Come prepared to share your experience and earn a place on some great corporate teams. All preregistered candidates who provide a resume will be matched for onsite interview opportunities during the event. For this virtual event all interviews and face-to-face interactions will be scheduled virtually.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their resume highlighting their related work experience and training. For Service Members in Transition and Veterans, as you deem appropriate, you may also include your Military Joint Service Training document.

Register here!


June 24: BioWork Blitz Learning Workshops

New workshop coming soon! The BioWork Blitz Workshop scheduled for May 6 has been postponed until June 24. On that day, two sessions will be offered. Stay tuned for more details.

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Want to learn more about careers in biopharma manufacturing? Sign up and attend our free BioWork Blitz Workshop. There are typically two sessions to choose from. Each hands-on learning workshop provides you a unique opportunity to learn more about the biopharma manufacturing industry in a fun and hands-on adult learning environment.

The BioWork Blitz Workshop will be held at Fort Bragg and is open to Active Service Members in Transition, Veterans, and Military Spouses. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore this rewarding industry. It may be the learning experience you’ve been waiting for to make biopharmaceutical manufacturing your next adventure.

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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.

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

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.

Community College Training Programs

  • 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.

BioWork Certificate Program

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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.

NC Pharmaceutical Services Network

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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.

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.

Explore all life science companies in NC.

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.


Success Stories & Community Activity

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.

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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. 

North Carolina Workforce Development

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As North Carolina’s life science communities grow, 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.

Veterans Pfizer Tour

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

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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, AveXis

For more information or questions about the Veterans Outreach Program, contact:

Elizabeth Ellis
Veterans Outreach Program Consultant, NCBiotech

Photo credits:

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