Developments in medicine and biotechnology have rapidly changed the way we live, work, learn and play — and Connecticut is a hub of research, economic activity and high-growth jobs in these fields.

New England hosts the greatest concentration of healthcare industries in the country, with Connecticut ranking fifth in the nation in total health care employment concentration. In fact, the state’s technology and science workforce and assets rank among the top 10 in the country.

Health & Biosciences: An Educator's Guide
Health & Biosciences: An Educator's Guide

In addition to state-of-the-art hospitals and research institutions, Connecticut is home to major pharmaceutical companies, biomedical manufacturers and leaders in healthcare product development.

Collectively, these companies employ tens of thousands of workers and spend more than $6 billion on operations annually within the state.

So, what does this mean to students? As these businesses look to expand and become more profitable — moving from research into development, manufacturing and commercialization — they will continue to seek talented young professionals to help them grow.

And as a large percentage of the population ages, demands for health management products and services will create even greater occupational growth and advancement in the field.

Current workforce shortage areas include nursing, home health care and bioscience.

Bioscientist

A typical day in the life of a young pharmaceutical bioscientist.

Occupational Therapist

A typical day in the life of a young occupational therapist.

Forensic Scientist

A typical day in the life of a young forensic scientist.

Nurse

A typical day in the life of a young nurse in an urban hospital.

Clinical Researcher

A typical day in the life of a young clinical researcher.

X-Ray Technologist

A typical day in the life of a young X-ray technologist at an urban children's hospital.