What is Bioscience?

The biosciences are a diverse and often converging group of industries and activities with a common link – they apply knowledge to develop biological solutions that sustain, restore, and improve the quality of life for humans, plants, and animals in our world. From life-saving therapies and procedures, to healthier foods or cutting-edge research, you have undoubtedly enjoyed a better quality of life because of bioscience. o In the Ohio Bioscience Growth Report, (data related to economic metrics such as jobs, wages, and number of locations) the bioscience industry is defined by six subsectors: Agricultural Biotechnology, Medical and Testing Laboratories, Medical Device and Equipment Manufacturers, Medical Product Distribution, Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics, and Research and Development.

By The Numbers

  • More than 600 bioscience and biotechnology companies—from industry giants to startups—employ nearly 20,000 workers in the Columbus area (Columbus 2020)
  • Notable bioscience and biotechnology employers include Cardinal Health, Abbott Nutrition and Battelle
  • Ohio is projected to see a 23 percent increase in medical and clinical lab technician jobs by 2022 (Ohio Bureau of Labor Market Information, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services)
  • In 2013, 9,671 bioscience related degrees and certificates were awarded to students in Ohio, up a full 50 percent since 2006. (BioOhio)

Regional Programs

Ohio State University
Otterbein University
Tolles Career and Technical Center
Delaware Area Career Center
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools

View Occupation Profiles

Or Explore More Bioscience Careers Below
Biological Technician
Biological Scientist
Chemical Technician
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician

Additional Resources

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