Employment in the life sciences sector in San Diego County rose 15.4 percent year over year, according to a recent report.
In 2017, San Diego’s life sciences jobs totaled 48,430, compared with the prior year’s sum of 41,976. That’s per the 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report, put together by the California Life Sciences Association, a trade group with San Diego and San Francisco offices.
San Diego ranked No. 3 in jobs, with Los Angeles in second and the Bay Area capturing first. Orange County was fourth.
About 21,217 of regional life science jobs fell under the category research and development — and testing laboratories. That was the largest slice, accounting for 43 percent of San Diego’s total.
Second was medical devices, instruments and diagnostics, representing 10,284 jobs. Third: bio-pharmaceuticals with 7,088 jobs.
Overall, California life sciences employment grew 4.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, or 3.5 times the national average.
In 2018, the state is expected to attract $7.6 billion in venture capital funding, which would be an 80 percent increase over the prior year.