Job Trends

MassBioEd develops analysis of job trends in the life sciences for the purpose of forecasting job trends, identifying skills required for high trending jobs, highlighting best practices in educational and training programs, and serving as an effective guide on the workforce needs for the industry.

2019 Massachusetts BioWages Guide k

MassBioEd seeks to communicate relevant and timely job market data to all participants in the workforce development spectrum – job seekers, students, academic faculty and career guidance staff, policymakers, and companies. 

The Massachusetts BioWage Guide serves as a low cost resource providing salary information for positions in the industry.

Purchase the report here.


Total Rewards Survey

Participate in the Marsh & McLennan/MassBioEd Total Rewards Survey and receive a free Total Rewards report later this year that includes long-term-incentives data.

Private Company Survey

Public Company Survey


Recent Reports

Highlights from the latest 3-Month Job Trends Report 20182

  • After two consecutive quarters in which job listings decreased versus past quarters, Q2 2018 saw a dramatic 30 percent increase in job listings over Q1 2018, rising to 7,050 job listings in Q2 versus just 5,406 in Q1.
  • May 2018 saw the highest number of job listings since March of 2016.
  • In an interesting development, several emerging companies joined the list of Top 25 Employers by STEM Job Listings in the first six months of 2018, including Moderna Therapeutics, bluebird bio, and SAGE Therapeutics.

Highlights from the Annual Job Trends Forecast: Life Sciences Industry (2018)


  • 11,976 new jobs are forecast to be created between May 2017 – May 2023. 
  • In 2017, for the first time in history, employment in the life sciences in MA passed 70,000.
  • 60% of life sciences companies have no formal diversity initiatives and only 17% have such initiatives at the Board level.
  • The projected growth rate between 2017 and 2023 at Biotechnology R&D organizations is 21.5%.

Highlights from the Skills Census Part I: For Biological/Life Sciences Bachelor's Degree Programs c

  • The life sciences industry accounts for 59% of all job opportunities for graduates of bachelor’s degree biological/life sciences programs in Massachusetts. 
  • The number of jobs for these graduates that require teamwork and collaboration skills are projected to double between now and 2023.
  • Soft skills such as writing, research, and communication are required of graduates from these programs at much higher rates than other programs.
  • The number of jobs for these graduates that require skills related to laboratory research, oncology, data techniques, and research methodologies are all predicted to increase by over 50% between now and 2023.


  The annual MassBioEd Life Sciences Workforce Conference brings hiring managers and human resource professionals from the industry together with faculty from colleges and universities who are directly involved with developing programs to educate our next generation of innovators. This year’s program will feature roundtable discussions on how immigration law affects the region’s life science community; specific technical competencies sought after in the fields of bioinformatics and biomanufacturing; the professional skills so essential to career success; and more. Updates on the overall hiring trends in the industry will be presented. We invite you to attend and contribute your thoughts to this important dialogue.


Join our Skills or Academic Advisory Group!

MassBioEd depends on input from industry experts to interpret workforce data and provide guidance on the skills needed for jobs across the life sciences industry. Learn more about the Skills Advisory Group.

MassBioEd requires feedback from our educational and training partners so that the reports we produce best reflect the information most vital to the alignment of their curricula and learning outcomes with workforce needs. Learn more about the Academic Advisory Group. 

Quarterly Job Trend Reports

These reports provide analysis of on line job listing trends in the Massachusetts biopharma industry, showing 3-month and annual job trends, by geography. The reports also include companies with the most job listings in these periods.

3-Month Q4 2017

3-Month Q3 2017

3-Month Q2 2017

3-Month Q1 2017


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