North Carolina Biotechnology Center

NC Biotechnology Center

Labor Market Studies

North Carolina’s emerging biologics manufacturing cluster needed to identify the availability of specialized labor to support their efforts. A prototypical biologics/pharmaceutical manufacturing operation was created, including functional divisions for touch labor, engineering, quality control and skilled maintenance. A unique methodology was used that allowed us to estimate the numbers and types of skills available in each region at the highly specific 6-digit Standard Occupational Code (SOC) level. Specialized databases of the University of North Carolina system (16 public colleges) and the North Carolina Community College System were used to help quantify the availability of newly-skilled individuals with 2-year, 4-year and advanced degrees in relevant biomanufacturing disciplines. The ensuing reports have been used in numerous prospect management situations.