Next Frontier Industry Spotlight

Life Sciences

What are the Life Sciences?

The most basic definition of life sciences is the study of living organisms and their processes. 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. (credit: Scilife)


Global Market Size


VC funding into life sciences start-ups


Job Openings by 2028


Average salary of life sciences professionals as of 2024

Life Sciences Pathways

Everything you need to know to begin your own career in life sciences!

Next Frontier Industry Roadmap:
Life Sciences

Want to start a career in Life Sciences but don't know where to begin? Start here!

  1.  Do your research

Make sure you're well-versed in the basics. What are the Life Sciences? What's driving it? Who are the innovators? What types of Life Sciences jobs exist? What are the major Life Sciences companies? If you're interested in a specific company, be sure to learn about its culture and values. This can make a huge difference in your job search! 

2. Hone your "soft" skills

  • Critical thinking: The amount of data and the tools available to extract and analyze that data are ever-growing, thus making critical thinking skills a must.
  • Empathy: Despite AI growing more and more sophisticated by the day, empathy in the life sciences industry will continue to be an immensely important trait to have as it pertains to medicine, patients, and beyond.
  • Solid communication: As is the same in any science, Life Sciences has a particularly strong need for effective communication and interpersonal skills. Biospace says it best: "As personalized medicine grows and affects healthcare, the drug industry, the insurance industry and a fair amount of the retail industry...we are going to have a growing need for people with the skills to place all that data into context, interpret it, and communicate it to specific audiences."

3. Learn the essentials

A bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, life science, pharmacy, or computer science will provide the ideal foundation for your life sciences career. You should also:
  • Have a strong background in mathematics
  • Hone your research & analytical skills

4. Build your portfolio

Illustrate your aptitude and impress prospective employers by making sure your Life Sciences portfolio includes any research and/or lab experience, as well as any instances of results analysis, regulatory compliance, or data collection. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date with your latest experiences and accomplishments and optimized using our Base 11 LinkedIn Optimization Guide.

5. Gain hands-on experience

Apply for Internships in the Life Sciences or related industries, such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, or even agriculture. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest life sciences companies in the world, and also happens to be a Base 11 Game Changer partner. Learn more about their mission and opportunities here

6. Engage your community

Cultivate your network with a Base 11 community of like-minded individuals that you can connect with today using the community feature built right into this platform! We have a thriving community of students, early-career adults, and professionals on our discussion forums who can share insights, give advice, and help you on your STEM journey.
A Day in the Life of a

Life Sciences Professional

Hear from scientists at Regeneron about how they built their careers, what a day on the job was like at one of the largest life sciences companies in the world during a global pandemic, and how to be successful in your own STEM pursuits! Featuring Research Specialist Stephanie Giodarno, Associate Manager at Regeneron Genetics Center Dr. Jason Mighty, Sr. Precision Medicine Associate Janelle Colón, and the Director of Social Impact Potoula Stavropoulos.
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Featured Life Sciences Partner
Regeneron is a leading biotechnology company that invents life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led for nearly 35 years by physician-scientists, their unique ability to repeatedly and consistently translate science into medicine has led to nine FDA-approved treatments and numerous product candidates in development, nearly all of which were homegrown in their laboratories. Their medicines and pipeline are designed to help patients with eye diseases, allergic and inflammatory diseases, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, pain, hematologic diseases, infectious diseases and rare diseases.

Additional Resources

Tools to help you unlock your inner potential and excel in Life Sciences!

Jobs & Internships

Exclusive opportunities including academic and professional internships as well as jobs from our Next Frontier Partners 

Courses & Training

Free and discounted courses and training programs designed to accelerate members into the STEM career of their dreams

Innovation Challenges

Solve real-world problems posed by top companies in STEM and earn cash prizes as well as potential employment opportunities

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