Life Sciences in the Roanoke region

Life Sciences

Live it up in the Roanoke Region’s life science sector.

Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in national and local employment growth. Regionally, healthcare and medical professionals are in demand thanks to an emphasis on building strong medical and research communities.

  • >30,000 people employed
  • Nearly 300 firms
  • 10 percent job growth expected by 2026
  • $64,510 median average pay (May 2017)

This diverse sector includes clinical, research, biotech, and medical devices. Key employers include:

  • Carilion Clinic: One of the largest healthcare companies in Virginia and the single largest employer in the region.
  • HCA Healthcare’s LewisGale Regional Health System: Multiple hospitals and clinics throughout the region.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute: Expected to double the number of researchers on campus.
  • Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine: The leading biomedical teaching and research center and the in-state veterinary college for Virginia residents.

The Roanoke Valley’s Innovation Corridor strengthens the region’s demand for life, physical, and social science experts by connecting employees in the life sciences sector to technology and entrepreneurship resources. The Roanoke Region’s entrepreneurial spirit in life sciences is alive and well with mentors and regional leaders who are prepared to help you start your own business venture and expand your professional horizons.

Skills to Succeed

  • Application of science and anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Degree/training in related medical specialty (may require master’s or doctoral degree)

Search These Job Titles

  • Nurse, doctor, veterinarian
  • Researcher
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Forester
  • Lab technician
  • Professor
  • Health education or community health specialist


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