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Growing Bioremediation Industry Presents A Potential Boom In Jobs For Life Scientists

With plenty of hazardous sites still to be cleaned up,analysts call biological disposal of wastes afield with a bright future Amid the doom and gloom of the job outlook for United States researchers, employment analysts are pointing to the environmental services market as one bright spot for candidates with scientific training. A recent U.S. News & World Report employment guide lists "environmental manager" as one of the top-20 "hot job tracks." According to the magazine, government and indus

Karen Young Kreeger


With plenty of hazardous sites still to be cleaned up,analysts call biological disposal of wastes afield with a bright future
Amid the doom and gloom of the job outlook for United States researchers, employment analysts are pointing to the environmental services market as one bright spot for candidates with scientific training. A recent U.S. News & World Report employment guide lists "environmental manager" as one of the top-20 "hot job tracks." According to the magazine, government and industry spent about $139 billion last year on complying with environmental regulations and cleaning up toxic waste sites (Oct. 31, 1994, page 110).

Industry observers say that within this fast-growing business, life scientists--including biochemists and microbiologists-- would do well to seek out the small but rapidly expanding segment of bioremediation for employment. According to some estimates, market revenue in this field has at least doubled over the last five years.

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