What Skills Will Be in Demand in 2019?The success of life science companies is driven by two things above all: people and their phenomenal skills.
The success of life science companies is driven by two things above all: people and their phenomenal skills.
While the breadth of expertise across life sciences is staggering, there’s no denying that some of these skills will be more keenly sought after than others in the year ahead. For example, the growing importance of new technologies and data for global business is now starting to impact more dramatically across the industry. With this in mind, here are the four ‘hottest skills’ that we at i-Pharm believe will be in high demand in 2019.
- Data Science
We know very well that pharmaceutical R&D isn’t as profitable as it once was. Big Data might hold some of the answers to this industry-wide problem, with one of its key advantages being that it maximises return on investment. As ever, the numbers don’t lie, and with Big Data investments in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry set to reach an estimated $4.7bn. by the end of the year, data science is unquestionably going to be a major growth area in 2019.
- Clinical Research Associates (CRAs)
An ever-present in lists like these. There simply aren’t enough CRAs to go around. The basic logic of supply and demand means the CRAs are being aggressively fought over by the leading CROs. With the Contract Research market expected to grow by 50% in the next 5 years and a burgeoning freelancer market further diminishing the existing pool of permanent candidates, we don’t expect this shortage to ease off anytime soon.
- Regulatory Medical Writers
The demand for medical writing in the pharmaceutical industry may have crept up slowly, but we predict it will continue to grow in 2019. The ballooning number of research studies, growing clinical experience, and new ideas and thoughts in the sector are collectively leading to a steadily increasing need for professionals who are able to effectively communicate about the great changes underway in the industry.
- Software Developers
Software development – like data science – is becoming increasingly important to driving the scale and speed of change in medical research and analysis. Software development sits at the intersection of the many moving parts of the industry. With big strides forward expected in areas like artificial intelligence, data accuracy and eDetailing, the software development that keeps life sciences growing will be in ever-greater demand.
2019 looks set to be an exciting and challenging year. As the congruence between technology, data and medical research becomes evermore prominent, the professionals who drive these growth areas forward will become increasingly sought after.
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