Monday, November 14, 2022

C&EN: "The bioeconomy is hot"

Also in this week's C&EN, this good news for analytical chemists (article by Craig Bettenhausen): 
The Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition, a bioeconomy industry group, held its second annual Global Biobased Economy Conference this week just outside Washington DC. The mood was optimistic as start-ups and other companies working on biobased fuels and chemicals met with customers, suppliers, consultants, regulators, and advocacy groups in between four tracks of panel discussions and keynote addresses. Attendance at the in-person event was roughly 400, up from the previous year.

One common note sounded by attendees was that the industry is looking for talent. Leaders from DMC Biotechnologies, one of C&EN’s 10 Start-Ups to Watch for this year, ended their two presentations with slides that read “We are hiring!” and sang the praises of Boulder, Colorado, and Raleigh, NC, where it has operations.

Joseph McAuliffe, a technical fellow at the flavor and fragrance firm IFF, said the job market is especially hot for analytical chemists and fermentation engineers. “It’s not a place formally trained analytical chemists usually go,” he said of bioeconomy companies, but “demand for analytical scientists will only increase.”

My view of analytical chemist demand is that it is always pretty good, but it's nice to see it being highlighted! 

1 comment:

  1. I work at one of the top 10 biotechs and our QC department is constantly struggling to hire and retain talent. In the past 2 years as an engineer (mostly tech transfer), I've probably interacted with 6 or 7 different analytical leads across two drug programs and a few more "lower level" folks. A lot of people stayed within the company and transitioned to a different role but a few departed the company. I assumed this was based on competition in the area and maybe a lack of appreciation and/or very slow career progression in terms of promotions.


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