Working in Pharmaceuticals

Many people picture a white-coated scientist in a lab when they think of the pharmaceutical industry. However, the researching, developing, making and marketing of new medical treatments covers a much wider range of jobs. 

The key areas are:

  • Research & Development
  • Clinical trials
  • Production, manufacture & operations
  • Quality assurance & quality control
  • Sales & marketing

Qualifications for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Most pharmaceutical companies would expect their workforce to at least hold a primary degree/diploma with higher positions requiring a doctorate. Although lab-based work would need a medical or science-related degree, other areas require different specializations. Therefore, engineering graduates could work in production while a MBA might be necessary for marketing. Many firms offer on-the-job training for lab work while others prefer their employees to have completed an accredited clinical research program. Apart from their paper qualifications, employees are expected to work well in a team, have good organizational skills and be able to communicate their ideas well (both orally and written.)

Benefits of Working in Pharmaceuticals

The pharmaceutical industry has been predicted to grow 10% in the next decade. This factor, combined with the fact that it is less affected by economic downturns, means that its employees are guaranteed a secure job. Equally importantly, there are plenty of opportunities for career development and advancement. Apart from generous salaries, pharmaceutical companies often provide many other perks as part of their employment package such as bonuses, medical insurance and pension plans. Above all, working in this industry gives its workers job satisfaction about the role they play in improving people’s lives.