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BOSTON — The biopharmaceutical sector in Massachusetts is growing so fast that companies are struggling to fill vacancies, particularly entry-level jobs that require an associate’s degree and those on the other end of the spectrum that require Ph.D.s, according to a new study.

Nearly 12,000 new jobs are expected to be created between mid-2017 and mid-2023, an increase of more than 17 percent, said the report by the nonprofit Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation. That’s less than the 20.5 percent for the prior six years, but still robust.


The life sciences sector is expanding at about twice the overall rate of the state and U.S. economies, according to the foundation’s 2018 Job Trends Forecast. Employment in biopharma last year for the first time surpassed 70,000 workers in Massachusetts.

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