5 Most Promising Biotech Jobs By 2022
7/3/2014 3:02:12 PM
July 10, 2014
Future workforce: Ensure a thriving biotech job by 2022.
By Angela Rose for BioSpace.com
Foretelling the future of the American workforce is difficult—unless you’re a psychic with a crystal ball. The rest of us must rely on an array of data if we want to predict where the best jobs will be when 2022 rolls around. Fortunately, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has already done much of the work. Their analysts expect that total U.S. employment will increase 10.8 percent—or by 15.6 million positions—between 2012 and 2022. For those planning a future career, these five biotechnology positions appear particularly promising.
1. Biomedical Engineer: The BLS predicts employment of biomedical engineers will increase 27 percent between 2012 and 2022. Our nation’s aging population and demand for medical care will contribute to this growth, as will increasing public awareness of the field and the improved quality and effectiveness of patient care it produces.
2. Biostatistician: The BLS predicts the employment of statisticians in general will increase 27 percent between 2012 and 2022. Growing demand for biostatisticians will be prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry, which will need these professionals to conduct the research and clinical trials necessary for FDA approval of their products.
3. Biochemists and Biophysicists: The BLS predicts the employment of biochemists and biophysicists will increase 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. Continued advances in biotechnology will create new opportunities for these professionals within areas of research and development.
4. Nuclear Technicians: The BLS predicts the employment of nuclear technicians will increase 15 percent between 2012 and 2022. Scientists and engineers will need these professionals to assist them in the development of nuclear reactors and fuels. Unlike the other positions in this list, an entry-level nuclear technician job may require only an associate’s degree.
5. Medical Scientist: The BLS predicts the employment of medical scientists will increase 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. Once again, an aging population—along with their reliance on pharmaceuticals—is likely to drive much of this growth. However, new discoveries should also create research opportunities for medical scientists in other biotechnology areas.
If you’re still in high school and want to ensure you’re in a thriving biotech job by 2022, start by taking as many courses as you can in the sciences (chemistry, physics, and biology) and math (including calculus). Depending on your area of interest, drafting, mechanical drawing, and computer programming can also be helpful.
If you’re in college and have a background in biology, environmental science, or chemistry, a certificate of biotechnology may help you land a part-time position or internship in biomedical, clinical, or pharmaceutical research. Ultimately, you’re likely to benefit from obtaining an advanced degree. The BLS has estimated that occupations requiring at least a master’s degree will grow 21.7 percent by 2020.
If you’re already in the biotechnology field, remember that the most successful professionals tend to be lifelong learners. Take every opportunity you have to improve upon your skills, broaden your experience, and differentiate yourself from other professionals in the job market.
About the Author
Angela Rose researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends, and workplace issues for BioSpace.com.
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