Maryland is the perfect choice for higher education. Budding scientists can study at 70 colleges and universities, many with connections to world class medical and research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health. Every year almost 100,000 Maryland students pursue degrees that directly relate to the bioscience industry.
Maryland IS bioscience.
Maryland is home to more than 400 bioscience companies, approximately eight percent of the US bioscience industry. Maryland’s highly educated workforce provides the brainpower that these companies need to be successful. No other state has more bioscience professionals per capita. In fact, we rank second in percentage of PhD scientists and engineers as well as professional and technical workers.
Build a well-rounded transcript with a focus in science and math. Take advanced classes and be sure to include one math and one science class each year.
Explore your interests and make contacts in the field.
Experience bioscience first-hand through internships, summer jobs, or other opportunities. Ask people you know to introduce you to scientists and researchers, and ask them how they got started.
Get some experience.
Fund your education with a part-time job in bioscience. Some basic positions require just a high school diploma or specialized courses at your local community college. A good way to get your feet wet is to take an entry-level position to build experience while you are pursuing a degree at a community college or university.
Keep building your skills.
Even after you are employed, engage in lifelong learning. Science and technology constantly change, and it is important to know what’s new and exciting.