Bethesda Beat Opinion: Pandemic has underscored how crucial the life science workforce is
Montgomery County has opportunities for a biotech education, career
BY ANNICA WAYMAN |
Doctors, nurses, and other health care workers have demonstrated heroic efforts on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. As a result, many students are even more motivated to pursue these careers.
However, the heroic efforts of health care workers is enabled by another group of superheroes — the scientists, engineers and other professionals working in the life science biotechnology industry to produce diagnostic tools, drug treatments, and vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases.
Yet, students don’t realize the broader impact they can have by pursuing a career working at a biotechnology or biopharma company and the enormous job demand that exists right here in our region.
The D.C./Maryland/Virginia region, commonly known as the BioHealth Capital Region, is number four among biopharma clusters in the United States, according to the 2020 ranking of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.
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