Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 25, 2012

Develop Future Workforce While Continuing Job Growth

Don’t Forget Future Workforce

In the interest of growing and maintaining a vibrant life science workforce in the Bay Area, professionals can help in many ways. Organizations like the several Bay Area AWIS organizations provide for mentoring of young science professionals and other groups like the Bio2Device Group provide programs that allow attendees to keep up with changes in our dynamic industry. The Extensions at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz provide another form of continuing applied education for professionals.

But there’s another area where help is sorely needed and that’s in mentoring youngsters to pursue science, technology, engineering and math studies for possible careers in our industry. It’s important that we professionals ensure there will be a knowledgeable local workforce being developed to foster continuing innovation. When I learned that California students place in the bottom 10 states in math and science scores, I recognized how important BayBio’s work with Biocommunity is. Consider volunteering through this latter organization and check out opportunities at  http://www.baybio.org/baybio-sites/biocommunity/ .

Latest Job Report for Bay Area
An article by George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury News provided some Bay Area employment stats of interest:

  • Region generated more than half the state’s new hiring in August as it added 6,100 to area’s workforce countering layoffs of 4,800 in July.
  • These 6,100 Bay Area  jobs were  51 percent of the 12,000 jobs added statewide
  • The East Bay jobless rate was 8.9 percent, down from 9.1 percent the month before; the South Bay’s was 8.4 percent, down from 8.5 percent; and the San Francisco-San Mateo-Marin region’s was 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent.

What wasn’t clear was whether or not George was including life science jobs with his comments about tech driving job growth.

Job Listings for California

You can find the latest Jobs that Crossed My Desk through today plus the prior 3 weeks by right clicking on title.

Audrey

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