Job seekers who possess research skills could provide significant contributions to employers in 2013. In fact, recent data shows that many U.S. firms are searching for researchers to support their businesses' everyday operations. 

According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, a La Verne, California, university intends to invest additional resources in hiring researchers this year. The University of La Verne will hire professionals to investigate water conservation strategies that could have global implications. Additionally, education and training will be provided to water field professionals, which could help the Golden State lower its unemployment rate.  

Arizona's economy could also be significantly impacted by employers who want to add qualified researchers to their teams. The Arizona Republic notes that the state's bioscience sector grew 45 percent between 2002 and 2011, thanks in part to the industry's emphasis on securing research grants. Research was one of the areas that displayed steady progress over the past decade, but industry expert Walt Plosila warns that employers may need to do more to accelerate Arizona's recovery from the economic recession of the late 2000s.

"This is not a sprint, it's a marathon," Plosila told the news source. "The private sector is doing very good at this 10-year point, given where Arizona was at then."

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork. 

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