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2021 Recruiting and Hiring TrendsPosted

Posted by: Mark Sapoznikov Diversity In 2021 we expect to see a great deal of diversity in the workplace. Not only in the traditional sense of people’s backgrounds and where they come from, but also in the way they think about and approach their work. With GenZ entering the workforce and baby boomers retiring later, we will also see greater diversity across generations in the workplace.

  • More employers will seek out candidates who are “disruptors” and can find new ways for businesses to grow out of the economic downturn

  • How candidates can show off their creative side to employers

  • How can employers utilize a staffing agency to find employees who can bring new ideas and ways of doing business to their organization?

  • How GenZ coming into the workforce will impact the workplace and what employers can do to leverage a diverse, multi-generational workforce

Economy getting back on track Companies have had to either furlough or let people go during the pandemic. Now as business is slowly starting to pick back up, and projects that were put on hold are being resumed, it will mean more hiring of new talent. As priorities have changed both on the business side, as well as on the employee side, we expect a lot of movement on the job market in 2021.

Bringing employees back or finding new employees as projects that were put on hold start during the pandemic start to resume

  • What can employers do to be ahead of the game?

  • How can candidates engage with recruiters, and what will recruiters look for to help fill new roles in 2021?

Employer branding As employees are seeking new opportunities, companies with strong branding will have an advantage. We discuss what companies who don’t have the brand recognition of for example Google or some of the larger more well-known corporations can do to acquire top talent for their needs in 2021.

  • As jobs start coming back, employees will have options of where to go, especially as more jobs are going to have remote options. What can employers do to improve their reputation and popularity in the eyes of job seekers?

  • For smaller businesses that don’t have the resources of large corporations to brand themselves in the same way to potential candidates, how can working with a staffing agency help them retain top talent?

AI (Artificial Intelligence) Automation and Artificial Intelligence will become even more prevalent for both recruiters and job seekers. We chat about the impacts in the upcoming year.

  • How will AI impact the job search and what should job-seekers be aware of to maximize their job search?

Candidate experience Long gone are the days where a job interview felt more like an interrogation than a mutual conversation. There’s more focus on making the job application and interview process a more seamless and positive experience for job seekers. This trend will continue in 2021.

  • What can/should companies do to ensure candidates have the best possible experience during the application/interviewing/hiring process?

Flexibility The job market has already been moving in this direction for a few years, but the COVID pandemic has accelerated that process. Employers have discovered that their employees can be productive at home, and employees are more and more expecting that there’s more flexibility in the workplace. This trend will continue in 2021 and we discuss some of the implications.

  • What can we expect to see in 2021 in regard to both candidates and companies looking for more flexibility as it relates to work from home, scheduling, or hybrid styles of remote work?


Top 10 Life Sciences Jobs Most in Demand over the Next Decade

Two commercial real estate firms with a significant presence in the marketing of life sciences properties have issued reports over the past 12 months that illustrate the growth in industry employment in recent years.

One life sciences segment, “Research and Development in Biotechnology” (NAICS code 541714), has largely driven that growth, with its number of jobs more than doubling over the past decade, to 204,800 as of 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data cited by Cushman & Wakefield in “Life Sciences 2020: The Future Is Here,” a report released February 6. Between 2010 and 2019, biotech R&D employment grew 5.1%, compared with 1.6% for total employment. Most of the increase, more than 70,000 jobs, occurred between 2013 and 2019.

In its report highlighting “2019 U.S. Life Sciences Clusters: Markets Positioned for ‘Century of Biology’,” CBRE recorded an 88% jump in biotech R&D jobs between 2001 and 2018, fueling a 42% increase to 1.7 million jobs across the broader life sciences industries—including manufacturing and testing laboratory jobs.

In Massachusetts—home to the nation’s top regional biocluster centered in Boston and Cambridge, MA—the life sciences workforce is projected to grow by 16% or 12,000 jobs by 2024 after rising 35% in the decade ending last year. Yet as the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) noted in its “2019 Massachusetts Life Sciences Employment Outlook,” and GEN Edge reported in December, a gap persists between the growing number of jobs and people skilled enough to fill them.

Below is a list of 10 research and clinical biotech occupations projected to add jobs through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’Occupational Outlook Handbook updated last September, ranked in order of the number of expected additional jobs to be created between 2018 and 2028. Each occupation also lists the number of jobs in 2018 as counted by BLS, the percentage increase between 2018 and 2028, the median pay per year in 2019, and a description of the position.

Interestingly, for all 10 occupations highlighted in the Handbook, BLS projected smaller increases in jobs from 2018 to 2028 than it did between 2016 and 2026, the 10-year period BLS examined in the previous edition of its Handbook, the basis for GEN’s 2018 A-List of top-10 biotech jobs most in demand. GEN published its first A-List of top-10 jobs in 2014, and published an updated A-List in 2016.

10. Epidemiologists

Projected Employment change, 2018–28: 400 more jobs

Job outlook, 2018–28: 5% (As fast as average)

Number of jobs, 2018: 7,600 jobs

Median pay, 2018: $69,660 per year

About the position: Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy.

9. Biomedical Engineers

Projected employment change, 2018–28: 700 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 19,800 jobs

Job outlook, 2018–28: 4% (As fast as average)

Median pay, 2018: $88,550 per year

About the position: Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.

8. Genetic Counselors

Projected employment change, 2018–28: 800 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 3,000 jobs

Job outlook, 2018–28: 27% (Much faster than average)

Median pay, 2018: $80,370 per year

About the position: Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.

7. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Employment change, 2018–28: 900 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 19,300 jobs

Job outlook, 2018–28: 5% (As fast as average)

Median pay, 2018: $63,420 per year

About the position: Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

6. Microbiologists

Employment change, 2018–28: 1,100 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 21,700 jobs

Job outlook, 2018–28: 5% (As fast as average)

Median pay, 2018: $71,650 per year

About the position: Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow, and interact with their environments.

5. Chemical Technicians

Employment change, 2018–28: 1,200 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 70,300

Job outlook, 2018–28: 2% (Slower than average)

Median pay, 2018: $48,160 per year

About the position: Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.

4. Biochemists and Biophysicists

Employment change, 2018–28: 1,900 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 30,400

Job outlook, 2018–28: 6% (As fast as average)

Median pay, 2018: $93,280 per year

About the position: Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes, such as cell development, growth, heredity, and disease.

3. Biological Technicians

Employment change, 2018–28: 5,700 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 85,000 jobs

Job outlook, 2018–28: 7% (Faster than average)

Median pay, 2018: $44,500 per year

About the position: Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

2. Medical Scientists

Employment change, 2018–28: 10,600 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 130,700

Job outlook, 2018-28: 8% (Faster than average)

Median pay, 2017: $84,810 per year

About the position: Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Employment change, 2018–28: 35,100 more jobs

Number of jobs, 2018: 331,700

Job outlook, 2018–28: 11% (Much faster than average)

Median pay, 2017: $52,330 per year

About the position: Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.



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