Biotech Education Dollars Come to San Diego

Biotech EducationWe live in a state where it’s almost second nature for us to embrace thoughts and social norms that may be different than the status quo. We are a population of innovators who brought the world blue jeans, the iPod®, and fortune cookies. Best yet, we are a population of early adopters of cutting-edge ideas and technology like YouTube and Facebook.

So if you think about it, the emerging biotech­nology and life sciences industry in San Diego didn’t happen by chance. According to BayBio, an independent, nonprofit trade association serving the life science industry, there are around 4,348 life sciences companies based in Southern California. More companies are expected to follow in the next few years. In layman terms, San Diego is fast becoming a biotechnology hub – and with that comes jobs.

The Future of Biotech Jobs in San Diego

Currently, San Diego and Orange County employ around 150,000 in the life sciences industry, and if you look at sites like Biospace.com – an online community for industry news and careers for life science professionals – Indeed, Craigslist and Careerbuilder you will see dozens of biotech-related jobs posted in the San Diego area alone.

In an article by David Gollaher from Xconomy.com, he says that “San Diego should remain a magnet for jobs and funding, with its leading biopharma­ceutical and diagnostic companies, top universities and world-class research institutes. According to a survey of the top 200 biomedical employers in California commissioned by CHI and Pricewater­houseCoopers, the industry is positioned for robust growth.”

Is a Biotech Career Right For You?

Are you interested in biotechnology? Here are a few questions to answer if you are undecided in your pursuit of a career path or are considering a change in your career:

1. Do you want to be part of a possible medical breakthrough like advances in the treatment of cancers, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis to name a few?

2. Do you want to be work in an industry that will offer good wages and benefits far into the future?

3. Do you need assistance paying for college?

Now Is the Time

If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, you might want to look into the field of biotech­nology. Right now is an opportune time, since four local organizations – San Diego State University, BIOCOM, San Diego Workforce Partnership and the Southern California Biotechnology Center at San Diego Miramar College – just received a three-year, $4.95 million grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of Labor to assist our region’s life sciences industry’s economic growth.

“We are very pleased to be able to reach out to veterans, the unemployed and other job seekers in the San Diego region and enable these individuals and San Diego’s life sciences industry to benefit significantly from our nation’s economic stimulus investment in higher education,” said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.