news, though, as Merck Serono, currently undergoing restructuring and closing a major office in Geneva, Switzerland, is exploring new locations in the U.S., including in the greater Boston area, which could lead to new biotechnology jobs in that area (bostonglobe.com, 5/24/13). "Any time biotech firms start talking innovation, that usually means a chance for qualified job seekers
to find high-paying positions with new companies seeking new ideas," said John Burkhardt, managing director of MedZilla.com, the internet's most established source for health care, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical job postings. "It may take some time for these jobs to develop, which doesn't help in the short term, but any innovations that can lead to devices or drugs that can save lives are worth exploring. Companies making inroads into new territories often leads to those types of explorations."
MedZilla reported that, on a state-by-state basis, most locations were flat in terms of jobs posted by companies. No state saw more than a one-percent swing in either direction from April to May. The actual positions, though, mostly shrank, with only health care IT seeing positive growth, and even then it too was under one percent. However, the real change was in companies actively seeking qualified employees. Firms in New Jersey increased their candidate searches by almost 12 percent, Wisconsin firms by 7.5 percent, and Colorado and Illinois firms by more than three percent. Firms sought more sales representatives, growing their search activities by more than nine percent, with specialty fields such as Neurology, Psychology, and Urology expanding searches by an average of 5.5 percent in May.
"The numbers tell us that, while more jobs aren't being posted, companies still need qualified applicants,&quo
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