Recruiting Talent

Life Sciences Workforce Development & Talent Recruitment

North Carolina has 75,000 life sciences professionals. And the talent pipeline is growing each and every day.

As our vibrant life sciences community continues to grow, so does North Carolina's commitment to strengthening our talent pipeline. Our top-ranking academic climate and dedicated industry-tailored training programs create and sustain a qualified pool of candidates fit for careers throughout a number of life sciences sectors. 

Below are some resources and initiatives that can help you find talent for your growing life sciences company.

Recruitment Resources

These NCBiotech-powered resources can connect you with NC's life sciences professionals.

  • Search for life sciences professionals or recruit talent by posting a job on the NCBiotech Career Center.

    Internships may be posted on the Job Board free of charge.

  • Let us connect your company with talent at our monthly Career Development Network events.

  • Hire interns through our Industrial Internship Program. We award grants of up to $3,000 per company per year to be used for internships. This unique program gives companies the ability to boost their internship programs and generates hands-on experiences for undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates.

  • Get connected with transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses through our Military Outreach & Veterans Engagement initiative.

NC's Academic Climate

17 unc universities

Biomanufacturing degrees

58 community colleges

Industry-Driven Training Programs

NC BIOIMPACTNorth Carolina is committed to making industry-tailored workforce training a top priority.

NCBioImpact brings together key partners to meet the needs of the state’s pharmaceutical and biomanufacturing companies.

NCBioImpact training partners include:

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BioNetwork is the NC Community College System training initiative dedicated to professional development in the life sciences.

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The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) provides training with a focus in research, particularly in the areas of drug discovery and translational research.

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The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University is a unique, cross-disciplinary instructional center that provides hands-on biomanufacturing training in simulated-GMP facilities.

North Carolina Pharmaceuticals Services Network

The North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network offers hands-on training in oral solid dosage theory and manufacturing as well as laboratory training at East Carolina University and Pitt Community College in eastern North Carolina.

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 ensures that industry has a part in developing training. And Golden LEAF, a statewide foundation that dispenses funds from a legal settlement with tobacco companies, contributed more than $70 million to the consortium.


Ongoing funding is provided by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Our Workforce Feeds a Growing Industry

These are just a few of the many life sciences companies who are choosing North Carolina for our strong talent pipeline.


BioWork program

BioWork Certificate Launches Second Phase of Woman’s Life Sciences Career

Frankie Spinks signed up for the BioWork certificate program, a course that covers topics ranging from pharmaceutical quality and current good manufacturing practices to equipment materials and biomanufacturing production. Throughout the eight-unit program, students also learn about the biotechnology industry and the process technician’s job responsibilities.

"The program at CCCC is short but gives a wealth of applicable information that you can build upon to further your education. It also takes you out of low-wage manufacturing and helps you start a career.”

-Frankie Spinks, Bioprocess Technician III at Pfizer

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Life Sciences Apprenticeships Planned for North Carolina

A new industrial consortium led by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will develop apprenticeships in the life sciences to strengthen workforce preparedness.

“The goal is to provide clear pathways to training programs and careers in the life sciences to more high school students, underemployed high school graduates, military veterans, and transitioning military personnel and their spouses."

-Rick Lawless, Director of Training at Abzena (former Director of Workforce Development at NCBiotech)

Student Training

Longleaf Commitment Grants, Community College Efforts Create Career Pipeline for Students

North Carolina community colleges are at the forefront of creating career pathways for students. These pathways include certifications targeting specific industries, as well as AA degrees that can create more opportunities for them as the number of jobs across the state requiring a postsecondary degree or quality certification grows.

“It’s great to see these Longleaf Commitment community grants help students continue their education debt-free, so they can take on the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

-Roy Cooper, North Carolina Governor

For questions or more information, contact:
Laura Rowley, Ph.D.
Vice President, Life Science Economic Development Life Sciences Economic Development 919-549-8864 |

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