If you want to work in biotechnology – or, if you already work in biotech and are looking to advance your career – you may be interested in knowing where the best locations are to find opportunities in this field. Fortunately, some of the best areas for biotech are also simply great places to call home, meaning you should find no shortage of attractive options. Let’s take a look at some of the current hotspots in the biotechnology world.
The Bay Area
You probably won’t be surprised to see the Bay Area included in this list. With an extremely active technology scene in and around Silicon Valley, you have probably already considered making a move to this region. In addition to the job opportunities, there is tremendous natural beauty and culture to enjoy within San Francisco and the surrounding areas.
Again, this is one which isn’t going to come as a surprise to anyone working or studying in this field. As you might suspect, many of the best options are located in the so-called ‘Research Triangle’. It is estimated that more than 60,000 jobs exist in this area within the biotech field, meaning there is plenty of opportunity to pursue your professional passion.
It doesn’t take much to sell most people on the idea of moving to Southern California. First, there is the weather. With sunny skies and moderate temperatures nearly all year long, it’s an easy place to picture yourself living. In addition, there is more to see and do than you could ever check off in a lifetime. Thanks to the fact that more than 1,000 companies in the life sciences field call the San Diego region home, there are almost certainly going to be opportunities here for you to explore.
The Pacific Northwest
This may be one of the more surprising entries on our list, but it shouldn’t be if you think closely about what the Pacific Northwest has to offer these days. The greater Seattle area is a hotbed of technology, with huge companies like Amazon and Microsoft (and others) making their home by the Puget Sound. If natural beauty and an outdoor way of life are high on your list, you’ll certainly want to consider job opportunities that come out of the upper left-hand corner of the country.
Along with the Pacific Northwest, this is the other entry on the list that may be a bit surprising. Most people associate the Midwest with farming and the like, but there is plenty of tech work being done here, as well. If you include nine states in this area, you can count up an incredible total of more than 350,000 people working in this field. While much of the Midwest does offer a quiet, rural charm, there are also big cities which offer a faster-paced way of life. One of the best things about picking the Midwest as your landing spot is the ability to choose what kind of lifestyle you will lead away from the office.