Industry Networks

Life Sciences

Boston’s thriving life sciences community has long been one of the city’s signature strengths.  In 2012, the PIC and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development collaborated to leverage this thriving sector through the Metro Boston Skilled Careers in Life Sciences (SCILS) Initiative. Funded as part of a four-year U.S. Department of Labor grant, the SCILS Initiative convened education and training providers, business leaders, and workforce development partners to connect unemployed and underemployed workers with careers in the life sciences.

At its close in 2016, the SCILS Initiative had provided 523 individuals with training, paid internships, and career placement services. Additionally, more than 225 local employers had hired SCILS participants for full-time jobs and internships. Learn more about the Initiative’s outcomes in the SCILS final report.

As employment opportunities in the life sciences continue to increase, the PIC remains dedicated to meeting the needs of employers and supporting individuals seeking careers in this growing industry.

To learn more about the PIC’s Life Sciences strategy, please contact Alysia Ordway, Employer Engagement Director, at or 617-488-1321.

Rachel Marshall — Launching a career in life sciences
After withdrawing from community college because it was difficult to balance academics with the responsibilities of being a mother, Rachel was unsure of her next steps.Read More>

With information she gathered at Boston Career Link, Rachel secured a spot in the Just-A-Start Biomedical Careers Program—an active member of the Metro Boston Skilled Careers in Life Sciences Consortium. To pay for her training, Rachel received support from the SCILS Life Sciences Credential Achievement Fund, a component of the federal SCILS grant managed by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. 

Rachel completed her training program and worked as an intern at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, running experiments to predict drug to drug interactions. She is currently enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College, pursuing an engineering degree with the goal of beginning a career in materials science or nanotechnology.

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