There's so much talk of Michigan's potential and the direction it could move that it's hard to keep straight. There's the green push and the windmills and film, and here's another: Life sciences. This particular industry is expected to be batting cleanup as if Michigan were a baseball lineup. That means, if you don't know, that there is a lot of power here, enough to knock all of our base runners in.
The report found that more than 79,062 people work in the Michigan life sciences industry, and the average worker's salary climbed from $64,602 in 1999 to $83,494 in 2006.
"The tremendous growth of life sciences employment and the fact that the average wage exceeds $80,000 shows that Michigan is a powerhouse life sciences state," said Patrick Anderson, AEG CEO and report co-author.
"The growing wages in the life sciences industry prove that Michigan can leverage its research and knowledge into the high-skill jobs of the future."
And the research corridor is positioning itself for even more growth with its hiring of economic development veteran Jeff Mason as its first executive director. Mason is the current senior vice president and chief business development officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
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