Originally prepared by Bryan Husk: January 9, 2018
Last update: September 21, 2022
Job openings return to pre-pandemic numbers, but Madison biotech companies still competing for scientific talent recruitment and retention.
Biotechnology companies in Madison, Wisconsin and surrounding Dane County have experienced staggering growth since 2015. Continuously sampling the largest local biotech companies revealed steady employment growth between January 2018 to September 2022 with roughly 500 job openings at any given moment.
The COVID-19 pandemic fueled growth in Wisconsin’s leading biotech sector even further. Biotechnology job openings doubled in Dane County during the pandemic, peaking at +1,000 in October 2021 and holding at +800 in March 2022.
The latest Madison biotech job opening numbers show a return to pre-pandemic levels, but still showing solid job growth at nearly 500 job openings in September 2022.
Whether you are an entry-level bench scientist or a senior executive, this surge in growth and employment presents an enormous opportunity for career advancement.
Madison Biotechnology Job Opportunity Highlights
|Biotechnology Company||# Jobs 9/21/2022||# Jobs 3/24/2022||# Jobs 10/6/2021||# Jobs 3/19/2021||# Jobs 2/20/2020||# Jobs 9/24/2019||# Jobs 2/5/2019||# Jobs 7/19/2018||# Jobs 1/9/2018|
|BioForward Biohealth Career Page||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)||(multiple)|
|Labcorp Drug Development (formerly Covance)||70||66||110||86||76||72||55||57||59|
|IFF (formerly DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences)||15||17||14||8||7||8||8||7||5|
|IntelliGen Technologies||(see ABS Global)||29||28||13||6||20||12||—||—|
|LGC Biosearch Technologies (formerly Lucigen)||5||12||8||13||5||1||3||4||4|
|Scientific Protein Laboratories||5||10||11||11||11||4||11||12||7|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||16||39||49||35||30||26||15||11||35|
|Total Job Openings||490||838||1,069||763||501||511||474||413||451|
This is the most favorable hiring climate in history for those seeking work in Madison’s biotechnology industry.
A significant number of local biotechnology companies like Catalent, Cellular Dynamics, Eurofins, Exact Sciences, Illumina, Mallinckrodt, PPD and Promega have opened or broken ground on new and expanded facilities to meet extraordinary demand for their products [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14]. Conversations with area biotech leaders suggest these growing companies are prepared to open hundreds of additional new positions as new facilities and expanded operations come online.
As local biotech companies continue rapid growth, they are under increasing pressure and competition to locate, hire and retain talented workers with the cross-functional skills and specialized knowledge highly sought after in the biotech industry.
Many biotechnology companies offer tuition reimbursement to attract and retain talented employees.
Companies are finding and keeping their most talented employees by supporting their career development through education in advanced degree programs likes the M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Consistent with this corporate strategy, most students in the M.S. in Biotechnology Program working full time receive tuition support from their employer for at least a portion of their tuition, if not the total cost.
Since the degree was launched in 2002, biotechnology companies have recognized the value of the program’s industry-focused curriculum. Corporate leaders with employees in the program praise students who can apply functional knowledge of business, legal and regulatory frameworks toward their company’s push to development, manufacture and commercialize new biotechnology products.
How does this effect you?
If you are biotechnology professionals in Madison:
Apply to the M.S. in Biotechnology program to help accelerate your career potential. Most M.S. in Biotechnology graduate students work full time while obtaining their degree. Reach out to your mentors and discuss how your goals fit within your company’s strategic plans. Work with them to gain company support so that you can achieve educational and employment success. Don’t forget to ask about your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy.
If you are considering relocating to Madison:
The biotechnology community is always looking for new talent. Qualified applicants to the M.S. in Biotechnology program are very likely to find full-time employment within the local biotechnology community. Contact the M.S. in Biotechnology Program to help you determine which local biotech companies best match for your background and experience and present you with the most favorable opportunities for hire.
If you have an interest in biotechnology:
You’ve probably already thought about working in the biotechnology industry. Now is the ideal time to make that career leap! Get invaluable work experience and consider applying to the M.S. in Biotechnology graduate degree program. Contact the M.S. in Biotechnology Program to determine how you can get started working in the fast-paced, rapidly expanding field of biotechnology.
Apply now for the coming Fall semester.
All economic indicators suggest that 2021-22 will be another record-setting year for Madison’s regional biotechnology industry. Make this the year you grow your career in the field that is transforming the world and apply for Fall admission to the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
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