Biosecurity specialists, also known as biosafety specialists, ensure our living spaces and workplaces are free from potential biohazards. They are analyzers and contributors that use predictive modeling to address biosecurity risks before they happen while also providing solutions for hazards as they arise.
They usually work in research labs and medical facilities – particularly those dealing with viruses and diseases – and focus on preventing the spread of infectious or contaminated material through containment and safe handling techniques. Biosecurity specialists develop plans and procedures that can assist populations and workers during epidemics, pandemics, and outbreaks.
Becoming a biosecurity specialist requires at least a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, infectious diseases, or a related field plus a postsecondary Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) or Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) certification and several years of laboratory or medical safety experience. As public health continues to be of critical importance, jobs are expected to increase 6% by 2028.