Boston science jobs grow
Posted on February 7, 2013
The demand for Boston science jobs, along with the candidates for the job, is growing.
During January, more than 68,000 job ads were available online for Scientists, according to WANTED Analytics, a source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace.
The five metropolitan areas with the highest volume of science job ads during January were New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington (DC). Not only were the most job ads seen in the New York metro area, but they also experienced the highest year-over-year growth of these locations. Hiring demand grew 25% in January compared to January 2012. Washington, DC was close behind with a 24% increase, and Los Angeles saw the third highest growth at 23%.
Despite a slowing in the last quarter of 2012, the number of science related job ads grew 15% in January compared to one year ago. In addition, hiring is up about 42% since the recession began four years ago.
Among the industries with the highest demand for scientists were pharmaceutical manufacturing, colleges and universities, conservation programs, life sciences research and development, and medical and surgical hospitals. In addition, the most commonly advertised science occupations are:
1. Research Analysts
2. Medical Scientists (except Epidemiologists)
3. Biological Technicians
5. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
6. Clinical Psychologists
7. Environmental Scientists
9. Food Scientists and Technologists
10. Chemical Technicians
With more than 11,000 employers currently sourcing for various science professionals, there is heavy competition to attract qualified talent. According to the Hiring Scale, the locations currently experiencing some of the most difficult conditions for recruiting this talent are Rochester (Minnesota) and Jefferson City (Missouri). In these areas, there is higher demand by employers in comparison to the available, local talent pool. This factor not only contributes to more difficult recruiting, but also increases the time-to-fill, with ads remaining online for an average of 6 weeks.