Skilled Workforce

Laboratory Staff

Missouri's workforce is optimized to serve the biosciences industry.

Missouri’s commitment to scientific advancement and large, turn-key labor pool have helped make it the top destination for biomedical facility development.  In addition to being home to some of the most prestigious hospitals, medical schools, and bioscience companies—including Monsanto and Sigma-Aldrich—in the country, the University of Missouri is one of only a few universities in the United States with schools of medicine, agriculture, and veterinary medicine on one campus.

One third of Missourians hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, furthermore, Missouri is home to 48,396 workers in the bioscience industry.  

Missouri boasts a workforce with a greater level of educational attainment than the national average, in addition to having 138 post-secondary educational institutions, more than most other midwestern states.

Currently, 28 Missouri high schools currently have Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences programs.  PLTW augments existing high school science and math programs for a solid background in biomedical science.

All of these factors combined make Missouri's people its greatest resource, and one of the main reasons why so many businesses find success here.

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  • More plant scientists reside and work in St. Louis than anywhere else in the world.
  • Missouri is home to one of the top veterinary schools in the U.S. at the University of Missouri—Columbia.
  • The Washington University School of Medicine was ranked 4th in the nation in 2010 by US News and World Report.
  • The Washington University School of Medicine was ranked 6th in the nation in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Community College received $2.2 million to develop programs to prepare the region's workforce for in-demand careers, including new and expanded animal health curricula including new degrees and certificates in pet care and animal research.
  • Seven high schools in Missouri were the first in the nation to earn national certification for their Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Programs.  The programs augment existing high school science and math college-preparatory programs to establish a solid background in biomedical science. Thirteen Missouri public high schools have adopted the Biomedical Sciences program since it began in five pilot schools in 2007-08.
  • Thirty-seven Missouri colleges and universities offer Bachelor’s degrees or higher in Biological or Biomedical Science.
  • 86.9% of Missouri's population over 25 (more than three million people) have attained a high school diploma or higher, exceeding the national average of 85.6%.
  • Missouri has 5,472 scientific research and development workers in the workforce.


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