By: Adam Lentz
The job gains in last Thursday’s economic release represented good news for all. The life sciences industry has established a healthy trajectory which should bode well for job seekers in coming years. But there will always be factors that have the potential to become major game changers, including cost containment, global souring for services and resources, and accepting of the high level of risk associated with life science start-ups.
What should life sciences job seekers be ready for?
Be current with trends and re-tool your skills and certifications as warranted.
Be a life-long learner, acquiring new skills as necessary to help life science companies cope with significant environmental pressures.
Understand how changes such as requirements for more rigorous clinical data may affect life sciences employers and your ability to be hired.
Be globally minded.
Become cross-culturally competent. Be prepared to interact with global partners and to consider possible barriers to acceptance and adoption of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in non-western cultures.
Be flexible. Many companies are holding the line on their headcount while acquiring needed skills on contract. Non-traditional working relationships may be a major jobs trend in our economy going forward, regardless of the industry.
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