The “biosciences skills gap” – A closer look

Deficiencies in bioscience education and career guidance occur at every grade level, with serious consequences for students young and old:

Pre-K/Elementary: In the early years, bioscience education may be lacking entirely, or present simplistic notions of science that fail to excite young students.

Consequence: Students fail to develop a basic interest in bioscience subjects.

Middle School: In middle school, traditional bioscience education lacks the real-world context, hands-on engagement and early career information needed to inspire budding scientists.

Consequence: Students lose interest in bioscience education and discount bioscience careers.

High School: In high school, traditional bioscience education lacks the real-world exposure, advanced practical skills and career education needed to plan for college and future employment.

Consequence: Students are not equipped to compete for work place internships or select college programs based on viable career paths.

College: In college, traditional bioscience education programs emphasize theoretical learning over the work-based training, career education and professional experiences students need to transition out of college into paid work.

Consequence: Students without a plan to translate their education into a career often linger unnecessarily in postsecondary education, accumulating student debt while missing/postponing opportunities for professional development and promotions. Financial anxiety and personal stress can affect students into adulthood, even after they graduate from college and become professional scientists.


At pathways to Stem Cell Science, we’re working to address the biosciences skills gap by providing hands-on training, career education and workplace internships that inspire, guide and prepare students for future bioscience careers. Our unique and highly innovative programs combine real-world science, occupational counseling and professional mentoring to create career pathways for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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