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The 4 Most In-Demand Biotech Jobs
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The 4 Most In-Demand Biotech Jobs

1. Biochemist
Good news for the scientists out there who love studying cellular and molecular processes: The demand for biochemists is expected to grow 19 percent by 2020.

Most biochemists conduct basic and applied research, supervise lab teams, isolate and analyze hormones, enzymes, and toxins; prepare scientific documentation and discuss their research with other scientists and researchers.

You’ll need a Ph.D. for this role. Strong analytical, quantitative, communication and leadership skills are also important.

Although being a biochemist isn’t easy, the salary is pretty good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly salary is $81,480.

2. Biomedical Engineer
The need for biomedical engineers is likely to grow 16 percent faster than average, making bioengineering a great career choice. Plus, the median wage was around $87,000 in May 2012, so this role is well above the average pay as well.

Bioengineers, true to their name, use engineering principles in the biology and health care industries. They’re responsible for vital products such as prosthetics, pacemakers, robotic and laser surgery tools and health-monitoring devices.

3. Laboratory Scientist
You may also know them as “lab technicians” or “lab technologists.” But whatever you call the professionals who collect, test and analyze substances, they’re highly sought-after. And they’re only going to grow more necessary: Employers will need 22 percent more lab technicians by 2022.

To work in this role, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree (depending on the position) will be necessary. In some states, you’ll also need to be certified.

People who are detail-oriented, technologically adept, dexterous, and physically able will thrive as lab scientists.

4. R&D Scientists
Many biotech firms find it “notoriously hard” to attract and retain great R&D scientists, which puts you in a great position if you’re interested in R&D. You’ll be responsible for things like revising experimental plans, developing, implementing, and analyzing testing methods, reviewing data, supervising lab technicians, and generally, making sure everything is running smoothly.

The national average for an R&D scientist is $83,514.

While a B.S. in a related field is necessary, some employers may prefer hiring a candidate with a Master’s degree. Since you’ll be interacting with so many people, strong communication skills are important.

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