MassTalent: Life Sciences

Massachusetts is the #1 life sciences ecosystem in the world, employing more than 110,000 people and using cutting-edge science and research to solve the world’s greatest health challenges

About the industry

25% expected employment growth over next 5 years

The life sciences industry comprises companies operating in the research, development, and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology-based food and medicines, medical devices, biomedical technologies, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, food processing, and other products that improve the lives of organisms. 

MassTalent is focused on helping to train and fill in-demand roles in the life sciences industry such as biomanufacturing associates, lab support technicians, and quality assurance associates in biotech, and manufacturing technicians, maintenance technicians, and operations associates in MedTech.

Workforce job resources

Explore Massachusetts Life Sciences Center programs, including information about apprenticeships, internships, tax credits, and grant funding.

Pathmaker Program Overview 

The Massachusetts Life Science Center recently launched Pathmaker to further the development and expansion of life science career training programs. Pathmaker will award up to $750,000 per project in direct funding to support organizations that can build and scale career pathways that effectively prepare students for high-demand career opportunities in the life sciences. Such programs include those focused on biomanufacturing, medtech manufacturing, and other key careers in the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts is making a once-in-a-lifetime, $200 million investment in worker skills training. Upskilling Navigators work with jobseekers to identify the right training opportunities and Market Makers connect employers to training partners with access to training funds to build a steady employee pipeline.

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