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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.

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

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • 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

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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

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Education

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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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: EI

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.
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.

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Work Values

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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.
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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)

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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Sources of Additional Information

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