A research article in Nature America found that the biotech industry is shifting the way it hires. Instead of hiring narrowly focused specialists they prefer hiring individuals with better interdisciplinary skills.
In 2010, 1.61 million Americans worked in the life sciences industry. The industry has faced some challenges during the global recession, some involving research funding. However, business models changed and employment picked up.
Noteworthy, about a third of job postings in the life sciences require only a high school diploma and no higher degree.
Of the degrees, those specialized in biostatistics and informatics are in particularly high demand.
In the past, large pharmaceutical companies were willing to invest in the training of new talent. However, with the new lean human capacity models, even the large companies will only hire employees who are ready to hit the ground running.