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Career prospects after studying Applied Digital Life Sciences

The bachelor's degree programme teaches labour market skills and offers excellent job opportunities. The interdisciplinary approach enables you to acquire important and well-balanced competencies that will enable you to assume key functions in the life sciences field.

«Research and applications in the life sciences generate huge and amounts of complex data that must be intelligently processed. This requires interdisciplinary specialists who have expertise in the areas of both life sciences and data sciences. The new degree programme at the ZHAW is the answer to the increased demand for specialists in this field.»

Mario Jenni, Co-founder & CEO, BIO-TECHNOPARK® Schlieren-Zürich

Future-oriented education

Wherever companies or institutions want to use their data for the creation and optimisation of processes, products and services, there is a significant need for specialists who have expertise in data science. Digitalisation is constantly creating new job profiles and tasks in the life sciences, for which you will be well prepared with a degree in Applied Digital Life Sciences.

Salaries following studies

The strong demand for skilled workers with data science skills is also reflected in above-average salaries. The industry, discipline, age and level of seniority all play an important role.

Areas where you could work in the future

Health sector

In this sector, the main applications are primarily in the acquisition, analysis and utilisation of data from patient-related sensors, devices and imaging methods or in the optimisation of processes in medical diagnostics and healthcare. Overlapping with the pharmaceutical sector, research & development or process automation in the field of drug development is also a relevant field.

Environmental sector

Digitalisation will play a key role in addressing future challenges in sustainability and the environment. In this field, critical data-driven problem-solving that integrates technical and systemic knowledge is of central importance. Future career fields include roles as project leaders, project team members, or application developers in companies and government agencies involved in research and development projects, monitoring campaigns, and consulting.

Chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors

In this field, there applications are in research & development (e.g. in bioinformatics), but they are above all in the planning and automation of laboratories and processes, in industrial production and in predictive maintenance.

Agro-food sector, including the food industry

Applications are mainly in digitalisation in the agro-sector, for example in smart farming, overlapping with environmental topics, and in the planning and automation of production processes. 

Employment possibilities following graduation

The practical training involved in attaining a BSc Applied Digital Life Sciences opens up a wide range of opportunities in a rapidly growing segment of the economy, both in Switzerland as well as abroad. To help you imagine what your future role might look like, we have compiled examples of possible functions in the section below.

Jobs in Digital Health

Learn more about the Digital Health specialisation.


Jobs in Digital Environment

Learn more about the Digital Environment specialisation.


Jobs in Digital Labs & Production

Learn more about the Digital Labs & Production specialisation.


Future employers

  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Chemical companies
  • Food industry
  • Energy, environment and engineering consultancies and organisations
  • Agricultural research and advisory services
  • Startups
  • Hospitals
  • Medical technology companies
  • Health institutes
  • Biomedical research
  • ...

Graduate entry level functions

Your broadly applicable competencies will open up many opportunities for you to enter the life sciences:

  • Digital expert in life sciences
  • Junior data scientist
  • Project team member
  • Consultant
  • Digitalisation manager
  • Researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Data architect
  • ...

Master's degree / continuing education

The ZHAW participates in various master's degree programmes that offer follow-up opportunities. As part of the PhD network in data science, very good students have the option of completing a doctoral programme at the ZHAW in collaboration with the University of Zurich after completing their master's degree.

Of course, a bachelor's graduate, you can also attend further education courses (Mas, DAS, CAS) at either a university of applied sciences or an academic university. The Institute of Computational Life Sciences offers a wide range of advanced training courses in the fields of computational science and artificial intelligence.

Annual conferences are also interesting platforms for exchanging ideas and networking with experts both nationally and internationally.