While hiring in many professional fields took a huge hit beginning in 2008, hiring in biostatistics remained steady and continued to climb sharply through 2011. Even now, hiring in biostatistics remains stronger than in 2007 before the economic downturn.
This growth in hiring of biostatistics professionals clearly reflects advances in medicine and molecular biology. Individual experiments can now generate millions of data points and while new technology continues to emerge to assist in analyzing these massive data sets, processing this data still requires quantitative skills that relatively few people have outside of the biostatistics profession.
As professional recruiters, we are always intrigued to find out what generates hiring trends and what fuels interest in specific fields. We are also interested in hearing from jobseekers regarding their individual experiences in their job searches and what they are doing to remain relevant in their field.
We’ve put together a few quick survey questions that will not only satisfy some of our curiosity, but might help provide all of you some insight regarding the experiences of your professional peers. Please take a couple of minutes to answer and we will publish the results in our next blog post.