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Oct 23, 2012

10 Best U.S. Regions to Secure a Biotech Job

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10 Best U.S. Regions to Secure a Biotech Job

Where are all the biotech jobs? Check out GEN’s list below to find out. [© Onidji -]

  • More and more people are finding themselves migrating to different regions of the U.S. to find work, and people in the biopharma and biotech industries are no different. GEN has already written about what skills an R&D researcher should have and which biotech jobs will be most in demand over the next decade. Now, the question is, where are these jobs? In which regions are you most likely to find work in your field? Before you pack, you may want to take a look at the below list of regions with biopharma clusters ranked by number of jobs based on 2009–2010 data.

  • #10. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA

    2010: 9,048

    2009: 9,071

    Year-to-year job gain: -0.25%1

  • #9. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

    2010: 10,113

    2009: 10,447

    Year-to-year job gain: -3.20%1

  • #8. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA

    2010: 22,147

    2009: 21,354

    Year-to-year job gain: 3.71%1

  • #7. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA

    2010: 28,581

    2009: 34,035

    Year-to-year job gain: -16.02%1

  • #6. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MSA

    2010: 36,412

    2009: 35,989

    Year-to-year job gain: 1.18%1

  • #5. San Diego region

    2010: 40,372

    2009: 36,379

    Year-to-year job gain: 11.0%2

  • #4. Los Angeles County

    2010: 42,383

    2009: 43,923

    Year-to-year job gain: -3.51%3

  • #3. San Francisco Bay Area

    2010: 51,255

    2009: 51,945

    Year-to-year job gain: -1.33%3

  • #2. North Carolina

    2010: 58,495

    2009: 57,053

    Year-to-year job gain: 2.53%4

  • #1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA

    2010: 78,960

    2009: 76,394

    Year-to-year job gain: 3.36%1

Readers' Comments

Posted 11/17/2012 by James P McNamara

Look for New Orleans as the BioDistrict marshals the considerable research capabilities of Tulane, LSU, and Xavier. Currently under construction is a new VA (the country's largest) and a new University Medical Center both scheduled to open in the 1 Qtr of 2015.

Posted 10/26/2012 by Oriana Perez

They didn't include CT in the NY or MA research hotspots. What are we, chopped liver? No offense taken though, we're a hidden gem and that's how I like it.

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