Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 17, 2010

California Life Science Jobs Grow in Spite of Recession


There was good news about life science jobs in a report released by Gail Maderis, Acting Chief Executive of BayBio last Tuesday in San Francisco. Not far away over 6,500 bioscience investors and company professionals gathered for the world’s premier global healthcare conference, the JP Morgan 28th Annual Healthcare Conference. Total life science jobs in Northern California increased from 127,241 in 2008 to 129,410 in 2009 at rate of 1.7% while more numerous jobs in Southern California also increased from 150,917 to 151,098 at rate of 0.1% in same years.

Source: BayBio 2010

This growth is amazing considering the layoffs of 5,500 in 2009 in 85 biotech companies nationally reported by BioWorld Insight staff reporter Trista Morrison on Jan. 11, 2010 and the ever steeper competition to attract companies and associated jobs in other regions of the country. The growth rate has slowed since the period 2003 to 2008 when the growth in bioscience jobs in Northern California was 3.2% compared to 2.3% in Southern California, but still is the only growth sector in California.

Gabrielle Lajoie, Managing Director with search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, who was interviewed by Ms. Morrison reported the industry hit a low point in February but as 2009 proceeded, hiring picked up with biotech hiring above average in the 4th quarter of 2009. She reported the greatest hiring was coming from emerging growth public biotechs rather than pharma or big biotech firms and that hiring among venture-backed biotechs and startups was beginning to pick up as well.

The same pattern reported above was experienced in the sample of jobs that crossed my desk in 2009. I’m pleased to be able to post a healthy list of jobs that have surfaced in this year including the last week in December 2009 as a downloadable  file  for your review.  Jobs That Crossed My Desk Through Jan17_2010 (Right click on file and open in another window.)

Be sure to check other job listings on industry professional organization websites like Bio2Device Group for additional jobs.  Remember I only list those that come to me directly.



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