2017 life sciences

hot jobs.

Randstad’s employment experts have an extensive understanding of hiring trends and national and local market fluctuations. Using our vast knowledge of the workforce, we’ve predicted the five best life sciences jobs for 2017.


Biotechnological innovation and advancement is fueling new projects and growth for many life sciences organizations — and increasing the demand for qualified candidates. As such, a recent report shows the unemployment rate for this field is lower than the national average. The most popular roles in this field can be extremely competitive and difficult to fill for employers, especially the positions in larger metropolitan areas. Candidates for those hot jobs are encouraged to work directly with a Randstad recruiter.

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five best life sciences jobs for 2017.

Randstad collected data from our expert recruiters to determine the hot jobs that will be most in demand over the next year. Our team of experts looked at a variety of current workforce trends, including number of qualified candidates and available positions, market growth, salary range and employer need for specific skill sets to predict the five best jobs in the life sciences field for 2017. After carefully considering this information, Randstad anticipates the following roles to be the careers in demand for life sciences:

best in-demand jobs

clinical study manager

Clinical study managers oversee all aspects of clinical projects, including scheduling, team management, research and writing to ensure completion on-time and under budget. These professionals are often required to have a specialized background that relates to their specific fields of research or study. Available positions for this hot job are limited, so candidates can expect extreme competition. Search for clinical study manager jobs in your area.


clinical research associate

As pharmaceutical companies perform more clinical studies, organizations will need more clinical research associates. These professionals assist with and monitor clinical trials and are often tasked with recruiting and educating test subjects on their responsibilities during these studies. Demand for this position is soaring; job postings jumped 21 percent from 2015 to 2016. Search for clinical research associate jobs in your area.


regulatory manager

Regulatory managers are in charge of ensuring government approval during the regulation process of products, generally associated with chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC). Available opportunities for this position are a bit more widespread compared to some of the other best jobs in our list, but competition remains high in some of the larger markets due to a greater supply of qualified candidates. Search for regulatory manager jobs in your area.


medical writer

Medical writers are responsible for crafting scientific, research and educational life science documents for publication across a variety of mediums. There are a number of postings for this best job in some of the nation’s largest medical markets, such as New York, Washington, San Francisco and Boston. Search for medical writer jobs in your area.


drug safety associate

Drug safety associates are tasked with tracking and reporting any unfavorable side effects of medication both during trials and after licensing and approval. Qualified candidates in this role are highly educated; many have obtained at least a master’s degree. The majority of opportunities for this position are located around Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Search for drug safety associate jobs in your area.


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Every year, Randstad US publishes a summary of what are expected to be the hot jobs across many fields and industries. Our list for 2017 includes the best jobs for candidates looking to grow their careers in engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, human resources, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, non-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

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