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Bioscience is Bigger Than You Think

Bioscience-related organizations are manufacturing products, providing essential services, or researching the next breakthrough at over 1,700 locations throughout Ohio.

Ranging from the large and well known—like Battelle, Steris, Cardinal Health, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery—to the young and growing—like Cleveland HeartLab, AssureRx, Riverain Medical, and MID—Ohio bioscience firms employ 60,600 workers. Since 2000, Ohio bioscience employment has increased 16.5% (8,574 jobs), while many other industries declined. Bioscience sector jobs in Ohio paid an average wage of $75,523, encompassing a wide variety of occupations, not just scientists and executives. In comparison, the average wage for all industries in Ohio in 2011 was $42,588.

Between 2005 and July 2012, 308 bioscience companies either expanded operations or announced new facilities in the state. In the last seven years, at least 380 new bioscience-related firms began operations in Ohio—an average of 76 each year.

Bioscience Education is On the Rise in Ohio

Around the state, 105 educational institutions awarded bioscience-related degrees or certificates in 2011. The number of Ohio bioscience graduates was 8,820 in 2011, up 37% since 2006. Degrees awarded in 2011 included 1,423 certificates or associates degrees, 5,413 bachelor’s degrees, and 1,984 post-BA, master’s or doctoral degrees.

Want to learn more? Download the complete 2012 Ohio Bioscience Growth Report.