Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Think Tank Ranks Bioscience Jobs Concentration

Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio based think tank, recently released a study measuring bioscience employment in metro areas across the country. This study tracked four key sectors: Drugs and Pharma, Agricultural Feedstocks and Chemicals, Medical Devices and Equipment, and Research, Testing and Medical Labs. Notably excluded from the survey are hospital and academic research institutions. However, given that most large cities have these, it may not be as distinguishing a factor as elsewere.

Among cities I typically cover in this blog, here is how some of them scored:

City Rank Jobs
Chicago 4 46,000
Minneapolis 7 28,613
Indianapolis 9 24,051
St. Louis 16 13,930
Seattle 17 13,617
Salt Lake City 19 12,588
Milwaukee 23 10,605
Kansas City 24 10,552
Atlanta 25 10,270

Only 25 metro areas had employment levels above 10,000. I normally focus on the 1-2 million population metro areas here, but I threw some larger cities on the chart for comparison. Among cities I normally talk about in this blog, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Nashville, and Charlotte did not make the list.

A few observations about some of the cities on the list.

Minneapolis was dominant in Medical Equipment and Devices. I believe Medtronic and others are based there or do much of their research and manufacturing there. It is number two in the country behind Los Angeles in total employment in this sector, which accounts for about 75% of all local bioscience jobs.

While everyone knows Indianapolis is home to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, I doubt many people would have expected it to score #9 on this list. While pharmaceuticals does account for over half of local employment, this sector is not as dominant as medical devices is in Minneapolis. In fact, Indianapolis, with employers like Roche Diagnostics and Dow Agrosciences, is one of the few metros with respectable employment in all four sectors measured by the study. Indiana as a whole also did surprisingly well, as there are numerous outstate companies like Cook Group and Biomet in addition to the Indianapolis employment hub.

Kansas City also has a very respectable employment base for its metro area size. Of particular note is its large Research, Medical, and Testing Laboratory component, which is over 50% of the local bioscience employment base.

The full report is available online for review for those who are interested in more information.

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Topics: Economic Development
Cities: Indianapolis, Kansas City

One Response to “Think Tank Ranks Bioscience Jobs Concentration”

  1. W2E says:

    Hello bloggers, here’s an excerpt from an article I published a while ago on locating jobs in the US:

    Nowadays, one of the job seekers’ biggest help is the immense Internet database. Many companies are hiring people over the Internet, some of them testing the candidates in advance and others by just looking at the resumes and performing online interviews. Also, there are plenty of online recruitment agencies, which are very helpful to both categories: employers and candidates.

    Some of these agencies offer even consulting and professional reorientation courses. Competing on the work market is a beneficial experience for most of the job seekers as they are always in touch with the employers’ requests and demanding and they also learn to evaluate themselves.

    Consulting courses are very helpful for a job seeker as they gain precious information about how to create a strong resumes, cover letters, and how to present themselves at a job interview or how to negotiate your salary. If you think you are prepared for a certain position, but there are no vacancies at the time, you can simply go directly to the certain institution, leave your CV and maybe if you are lucky, you will have a spontaneous interview, which will automatically get you hired.

    While looking for a job in the US you have to start by having a positive way of thinking. The US employment market is very dynamic and changes occur every second. You have to be prepared to adapt to changes really fast and to keep following your aim. While looking for a job, try to take advantage of your spare time (if any) and prepare yourself for the job that waits for you. Read more about the company, which has selected you for a job interview next week. This way not only you gain more information, but you will also be able to decide if this is the job you are looking for, if it really suits you.

    Anyhow, it is best not to cancel a job interview even if you have the feeling that it won’t suit you. Just give it a try, this can be a good experience and you never know, maybe it is the job you were looking for.


    Michael S.

    For more resources on how to find a job in Ohio and Tennessee employment please see my blog.

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