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In 2015, there were 5,850 medical scientists and 4,480 biochemists and biophysicists employed in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Although pharmaceutical companies are scattered throughout the continental United States, the industry is geographically concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic States (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) and on the West Coast in California. A handful of companies can also be found in Massachusetts, Illinois, and North Carolina. California and Massachusetts have the largest number of biotechnology companies.

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