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Currently, the company has more than 250 employees and expects to hire more during 2021.  - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo -

U.S. company opens 150 jobs in Costa Rica

Published Friday, April 16, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Los Angeles-based Byte, a company in the life sciences industry and dedicated to producing orthodontic medical devices, announced that it will hire 150 more employees in Costa Rica, due to the growth of its local operations.

Byte launched its Costa Rican operations in Heredia, in June 2019. Currently, it has more than 250 employees and expects to hire more during 2021.

As part of the decision-making process to continue its local growth, the company cited Costa Rica’s remarkable talent pool; a strong presence over the last several years from the industry’s largest companies; as well as the country’s proximity to Byte’s target markets, including the United States, according to the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE.

“Costa Rica has an incredibly attractive talent pool for our industry," Pablo Rojas, General Manager at Byte said. "Additionally, people here are interested in getting involved in projects based on innovation, with different work schemes, organization, opportunities, and inclusion and it’s not only those who participate within the company but also those who provide a service; there is a lot of interest in learning and making a difference."

According to CINDE, Byte is one of the 81 life science companies that, by the end of 2020, had exported US$3.941 billion in medical devices. This sector generates a total of 38,200 jobs.

The U.S. firm is seeking candidates for operations managers, team leaders, supervisors, finance and accounting professionals, specialists in digital detailing for dental images and Digital Orthodontic systems alignment, human resources, and technology. People interested in applying for an available position should visit the company Careers site.

The establishment of U.S. companies in Costa Rica continues to increase. Just in April, Byte is the fourth U.S. firm offering jobs in the country.

This week, the San Francisco- based Gensler, a global design and architecture firm, is hiring more staff for its offices in Costa Rica.

According to the firm, they will hire 44 new employees to work on a range of projects, from the design of new cities to renovations at two of New York's major airports.

Also, this week, Viant, a life sciences company based out of Massachusetts, announced a major expansion at its medical device manufacturing plant located in Heredia Province.

According to the company, it was invested in additional capacity to meet market demand for surgical devices, including electromechanical devices. This expansion will benefit all their potential customers who seek speedy access to acquire complex medical devices.

Last week, the Wisconsin-based company SMC, a global contract manufacturer for the medical, diagnostics and pharmaceutical markets, announced the expansion of its facility in Costa Rica.

The expansion allows for additional cleanroom molding and contract manufacturing capacity. SMC currently employs over 200 people in Costa Rica and will be hiring additional workers. People interested in their job openings should visit the company Career site.

By the end of 2020, the more than 300 multinational firms with operations in Costa Rica country had created approximately 134,026 jobs, of these 38,248 jobs were created in life-sciences companies, according to the Foreign Trade Ministry.

However, despite the high numbers announced by the ministry, the Employment Survey, from December 2020 to February 2021, shows an unemployment rate of 18.5%, meaning there are 452,000 people without registered jobs in the country.

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