Summary Report for:
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Analytical Research Program Manager, Biodiesel Division Manager, Biofuels Manager, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Laboratory Manager (Lab Manager), Manager of Business Development and New Technology, Project Development Director, Scientist, Senior Research Associate, Senior Research Scientist
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts.
- Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
- Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
- Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
- Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
- Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.
- Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining.
- Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
- Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings.
- Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|Dissolved oxygen meters — Dissolved oxygen monitors|
|Mass spectrometers — Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS|
|Remote reading thermometers — Temperature probes|
|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|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
Interest code: EI
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|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.|
|Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
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|
|Employment (2012)||194,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||60,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Architectural and Engineering Managers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.