Professional Development

Trends in Life Sciences Hiring

While most industries are facing uncertain times, Life Science companies have continued to thrive and hire people.

 The Life Science industry employs a more highly skilled, STEM-intensive workforce compared to almost all other industries. There is a demand for highly skilled professionals - like you! And even the jobs that don’t require a highly skilled profile still have a large percentage of middle-skill requirements which still is well above the share for all industries.

As a leading advanced manufacturing industry, Life Science companies rely heavily on the skilled technical workforce (engineering as well as scientific), production workers, transportation staff, installation, maintenance, repair and so on. And what doesn’t make things easier: you are operating in increasingly digital and automated manufacturing environments that require skills and education of an entirely different nature than, let’s say, a couple of years ago.

As a result of the more diverse and disruptive industry, the competition for STEM talent and their technical skills gets tougher, especially competing with other sectors that are essentially out to attract the “same” talent. This is particularly true for “regulatory compliance and affairs" talent, where the field of expertise is not necessarily the Life Sciences but more focused on engineering, IT, or data science disciplines.

The role of regulatory compliance and affairs is changing and finding professionals with the right skills is a higher priority than ever before. 

A critical component to managing all of the complex regulatory changes will be finding competent compliance professionals and giving them the tools and resources to upgrade their skills and influence. A degree in any field of science will probably be good for many entry-level jobs in regulatory compliance and affairs.

But to become a specialist, the theoretical knowledge on legislations governing commercialized products and the understanding of the technicality involved in regulatory submission would be an added advantage.

Nowadays, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance professionals are expected to understand the health product sector and how drugs and devices are being developed.

One key takeaway from the research that was assembled to produce this article is that soft skills (flexibility and adaptability) will be the number one competency that needs to be developed.

Despite this almost universal agreement on the need for soft skills, very few employers could articulate exactly what this means beyond two oft-mentioned words: “communication” and “collaboration.

The term soft skills and suggested alternatives, such as “professional skills,” “leadership” or “emotional intelligence also creates confusion in identifying the capabilities that are essential for individual career success and—perhaps more crucially—can make or break a team, a project or even a company.

 

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