(Portland, Ore. – Oct. 27, 2021) – Scores of jobs are open in the growing life science and biotech sectors in Oregon and southwest Washington and workers are sought for positions in research and development, engineering, analysis, chemistry, quality assurance/compliance, manufacturing, operations, communications, building and design and more.
The Oregon Bioscience Association has assembled large, small and medium organizations as part of the upcoming virtual career match event on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Participating companies will look to meet with applicants to fill a range of highly skilled, mid-level and entry positions. “We’re seeing strong demand for talent and skills among bio companies and manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. This career fair and match event is a key opportunity to connect with our region’s many mission-driven organizations working every day to make a healthier world,” said Oregon Bio’s Executive Director Liisa Bozinovic.
To match workers with companies hiring, Oregon Bio is teaming up with regional biotech and life science companies to hold the Fall 2021 Bioscience Career Fair. Registration is now open here to both hiring companies as well as job seekers. For jobseekers, participation will be free and registration for jobseekers is here. Those hiring can click here.
Job availability is active at local firms Absci in Vancouver, Wash., Genentech’s Hillsboro operations facility, Bend, Ore.’s Lonza and Abbott Laboratories in Portland as well as many more biotech firms. Many open positions can be found in the Careers tab at www.oregonbio.org. Recruiting entities at the Career Fair that will be meeting/screening/ interviewing job seekers include:
- Abbott Laboratories
- Cascade Chemistry/ Aceto
- Church & Dwight
- Micro-Systems Engineering, Inc.
- Molecular Testing Labs
- Thermo Fisher Scientific – Bend, Hillsboro, Eugene
- Twist Bioscience
- VR Analytical/Element
In its most recent economic impact report, the bioscience industry in Oregon provides direct and indirect employment of 47,000 jobs in Oregon, showing substantial growth in the past decade. A surge of open jobs has bio innovation and manufacturing companies in immediate need of skilled workers.
The average wage for a bioscience-related job in the private sector in 2017 was more than $70,000. The most recent economic impact study shows industry employment increased by 76 percent in the past two decades, and that current bio positions in Oregon pay 40 percent above the state’s average private wage. Several jobs are now posted at https://www.oregonbio.org/careercatalyst/, and job search sites such as Indeed are currently boasting more than 500 jobs in Oregon in biotech, bioscience, science and research.
“Oregon Bio partners with universities and community colleges in the region to ensure graduates are industry ready,” said Bozinovic.
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About Oregon Bio
The Oregon Bioscience Association seeks to create opportunity through advocacy, cultivation, education and group purchasing discounts for its members and the sector. Oregon Bio promotes the growth and quality of the bioscience industry in the region and continually seeks ways to support sustainability, acceleration and growth in the life science, bioscience, biotechnology and device manufacturing industries. Oregon Bio, a nonprofit membership association is a member of the Council of State Bioscience Associations and affiliates with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Advanced Medical Technology Association and Medical Device Manufacturers Association.
The region’s most current bioscience economic impact study showed Oregon’s growing bio footprint reached $10.7 billion, creating 47,238 jobs for $1.5 billion in wages across 820 business establishments. Between 2002-2017, total bioscience employment in Oregon jumped 72 percent among the five industry subsectors. Health-related R&D at Oregon hospitals and universities generated $669 million in economic activity in 2017. In 2015, federal research funding to Oregon institutions totaled more than $363 million. Venture capital investments in Oregon’s bioscience-related companies have increased in recent years and between 2014 to 2017, totaled $76.5 million.