Why Have a Career in Bio-Sciences?
Developments in biotechnology rapidly change the way we live, work, and learn.Missouri has a strong presence in Plant and Agricultural Technology, Biomedicine, and Companion and Feed Animal Sciences. Biosciences represents 1.97 percent of total private sector employment, employing over 44,000 workers in 2,787 businesses in 2020. Employment has been growing at an average of 1.6 percent per year from 2015 to 2020. Missouri has high employment concentrations in Biosciences, particularly in Animal Food Manufacturing, Hog & Pig Farming, and Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing. Biosciences industry wages averaged $71,979 in 2020, higher than the state average of $54,801 for all industries.
From research to production, there are a variety of innovative and rewarding careers in the Biosciences fields of Production, Research & Development, and Animal Sciences.
Know the Basics
Biosciences deals with how living things work and interact with each other, and teaches how to ask questions, make observations, and solve problems. Soft skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, and dependability are important in all industries and occupations, including Biosciences. Biosciences deals heavily with research and production, so knowledge of mathematics and scientific principles is a must. Safety and quality control are a critical part of this industry, so attention to detail and continuous learning are necessary.
Skills needed for Success
Biosciences has a set of industry-wide technical competencies that represent the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in this industry. Research and development; manufacturing process design and development; knowledge of medical devices, drugs, and pharmaceuticals; as well as knowledge of agricultural feedstock and chemicals are some of the skills that may be needed for success.