How to Land a Job in the New Bio-Economy
- Career Advice
- Published on April 11, 2023
The growing awareness of the environmental impact of traditional manufacturing processes has led to a surge in demand for sustainable alternatives. The bio-based economy (or bio-economy) which involves the use of renewable resources to create products and materials, is rapidly expanding. As a result, there is a growing need for skilled professionals in the field. In this guide, we are sharing some advice on how to get (or create) a job in the bio-economy.
Making a pivot?
Breaking into biodesign or other bio-economy fields as a non-scientist may seem like a daunting challenge, but it's entirely possible with dedication and knowledge. The key is understanding how to leverage your past experience in other industries to make a successful transition. While having a scientific background can certainly be beneficial, having a solid foundation of transferrable skills will help you stand out from the crowd.
To begin, identify the unique areas where your background intersects with the bio-economy. This could include expertise in marketing, project management, customer service, or any other area that can contributes to a venture’s success. Part of what makes biodesign such an exciting field is it’s interdisciplinary nature, and business owners and hiring teams alike see tremendous value in candidates with experience working across disciplines. Build your pitch by connecting your past experiences with a company’s objectives as outlined in a job description, and how you can help the company achieve their goals.
Where to start learning
- Grow Everything Podcast
- Bio Art and Design Awards
- Open Studios and WIP shows at schools like Central Saint Martins, UC Davis, and others.
- What Design Can Do
- Healthy Materials Lab
- Slow Factory - Open Edu
Try out making biomaterials at home:
Networking is a critical component of any job search, and the bio-based economy is no exception. Here are some of the best get-togethers in the field.
- Biodesign Challenge
- Community Bio-summit
- Bio-based Materials for Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Summit
- Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) Conference
- International Conference on Biofabrication (BioFab)
Job boards are a great resource for finding job openings in the bio-based economy. Biodesignjobs.com specializes in sustainable bio-based tech companies and offers a wide range of job opportunities in the field. Other job boards like Indeed and LinkedIn also offer job postings in the bio-based economy (but it may take serious searching to find them).
Getting a job in the bio-based economy requires a combination of networking, education, and job searching. Use this tips discussed in this guide to increase your chances of finding a job in this growing industry. Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, there are many opportunities available in the bio-based economy if you know where to look. Start your search today at Biodesign Jobs and take the first step towards a rewarding career in sustainability.