What is the Bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy is the transformation of natural resources such as plants into commercial and industrial products including food, fuels, or chemicals. We use the term “bioprocess” to refer to the activities undertaken by companies to make this transformation possible. Companies utilizing bioprocess to make bioproducts play a crucial economic role in our country, as the benefits of integrating bioprocess in a business model include but are not limited to:

Reducing pollution

Capturing local value

Fostering economic development

bib small leafCreating agricultural opportunity

small leafMaking the United States more self-sustainable

As mentioned in the Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy issued in 2016, “bioeconomy” is a popular phrase used broadly in today’s energy and agribusiness conversation, and emphasizing the integral role of abundant, sustainable, domestic biomass in the U.S. economy. The bioeconomy can help increase the United States’ food and feedstock resources, preserve the nation’s water and energy resources, reduce dependence on foreign oil, mitigate CO2, and provide high-paying rural and urban jobs.

The benefits of the bioeconomy in improving the quality of life and creating jobs have been acknowledged both in the United States and abroad. The member countries of the United Nations, including the United States, have committed to the use of bio-based fuel in conjunction with higher bio-based blends, and recognize the environmental and economic potential for bioproducts, biomaterials, and renewable chemicals which are key components of the bioeconomy.

What do jobs in the bioeconomy look like?

People with careers in the bioeconomy have skill sets that make them employable in high demand jobs with the following position titles and starting salaries:

  • Production Manager |$91,944
  • Quality Control Systems Manager|$91,944
  • Marketing Specialist | $65,113
  • Mechanical Engineer | $64,000
  • Laboratory Manager | $60,000
  • Research Scientist | $60,000 
  • Process Engineer | $56,498
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist | $55,000
  • Chemical Engineer | $48,500        

Employers across the Greater St. Louis area and the U.S. are increasingly utilizing bioprocess, as they further understand the economic, social, and environmental benefits of doing business in the bioeconomy. 

Some employers in the Greater St. Louis Area Bioeconomy include:

bioeconomy employers

BIB Consortium Career Ladders

To help BIB Consortium participants, their family members, case managers, employers, as well as additional stakeholders understand career pathways in the bioeconomy, the BIB Consortium project management team has created a set of career ladders which showcase job titles and provide wage information related to various certifications offered within the Consortium. Access the BIB Consortium career ladders here.