Philadelphia Life Sciences Jobs Being Filled More by Women Than Men, Study Finds

The number of jobs held by women in the Philadelphia region’s life sciences industry is growing at a faster rate than jobs held by men, according to a new report featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The study was prepared by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia based on data from Lightcast, a global labor market data and analytics company, and was conducted as part of the chamber’s multiyear “Greater Philadelphia’s Cell and Gene Therapy, Gene Editing, and Connected Health Initiative.”

The report analyzed job growth across 13 professions, including biochemists and biophysicists, medical scientists, biological scientists, and biological technicians, and ultimately found the Philadelphia region has experienced a 12% increase in women working in life sciences occupations over the past decade, compared to 8.6% growth for men. 

Sarah Steltz, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia’s vice president of economic competitiveness, said that given this information, “now, the job of the chamber and the collaborative is to understand and articulate the attributes that are creating a great environment [in the Philadelphia region] for women in the industry, and share those stories.” 

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