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11-9041.01 - Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers

Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts. Green Task Statement
  • Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects. Green Task Statement
  • Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects. Green Task Statement
  • Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes. Green Task Statement
  • Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining. Green Task Statement
  • Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation. Green Task Statement
  • Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings. Green Task Statement
  • Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments. Green Task Statement
  • Develop methods to recover ethanol or other fuels from complex bioreactor liquid and gas streams. Green Task Statement
  • Develop separation processes to recover biofuels. Green Task Statement
  • Perform protein functional analysis and engineering for processing of feedstock and creation of biofuels. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development. Green Task Statement
  • Provide technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development. Green Task Statement
  • Develop carbohydrates arrays and associated methods for screening enzymes involved in biomass conversion. Green Task Statement
  • Develop computational tools or approaches to improve biofuels research and development activities. Green Task Statement
  • Develop lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Bi distillation units — Distillation equipment
Dissolved oxygen meters — Dissolved oxygen monitors
Flow sensors — Flow indicators
Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Forced convection incubators
Inverted microscopes — Inverted compound microscopes
Mass spectrometers — Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS
Mixers or agitators — Flocculators
Pressure indicators
Remote reading thermometers — Temperature probes
Safety glasses
Standard fermentation units — Fermentation systems
Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Agilent ChemStation; Fleet Asset Management and Optimization Solutions FAMOS PEPSE; GE Energy GateCycle
Computer aided design CAD software
Electronic mail software — Email software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software — Microsoft Project
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Environmental Science — Environmental Science
Life Sciences — Biotechnology

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Occupational Interest
95   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
83   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
39   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
33   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
17   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
11   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Value
95   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
86   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
83   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
72   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
45   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
39   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.
Employment data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.
Industry data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.

Median wages (2013) $61.62 hourly, $128,170 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2012) 194,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 60,600
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (36% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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