What are the top pharmaceutical jobs?

The pharmaceutical industry is massive. Ill-health and disease steals tens of millions of lives every year, so a lot of money is invested in the search for new drugs. Many people enter the pharmaceutical industry because they want to make a difference, but it is useful to remember that many pharmaceutical jobs are also very well paid.

The sector is predicted to continue growing over the next five years. The continued development of strategic new drugs and therapeutic vaccines presents great opportunities for scientists and sales reps alike, so if you are considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the future looks bright.

Here is a list of the five top pharmaceutical jobs.

1. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist

Senior research scientists are at the top of their game. They are responsible for managing research projects, making applications for research funding, reporting back on research findings, and keeping a close eye on new technologies. A familiarity with software development and IT is also desirable in the high-tech world of today. To reach this level within a pharmaceutical company, you need to have a broad skillset, which includes project management experience as well as plenty of time served in clinical research.

2. Research Scientists

Research scientists work in the laboratory or out in the field. To qualify for a position as a research scientist, you will need to have experience of laboratory procedures, including setting up and monitoring experiments. Research scientists typically write the proposals for research funding, so excellent writing skills are required, as well as the ability to present findings clearly and concisely.

3. Field Sales Reps

Field sales reps may not have experience of working in a laboratory setting, but they do need to have a thorough understanding of the products they sell. Sales reps are responsible for selling a pharmaceutical company’s products to new and existing customers. Excellent social skills are essential. If you are good at your job, your earnings potential will be very high.

4. Pharmaceutical Financial Analyst

The pharmaceuticals industry is first and foremost a business. Pharmaceutical companies are in the game to make money – serious money – so financial analysts are employed to make sure the business is stable and profitable. Your job is to advise management on which investments are likely to be the most profitable, as well as the areas where cost savings can be made. Pharmaceutical financial analysts will normally have a background in finance rather than pharmaceuticals.

5. Pharmacist

A career as a pharmacist is generally seen as less attractive than medicine, but if you want to be at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical technology whilst retaining a degree of patient interaction, this is the career for you. To get your foot in the door, look for summer internships or placements, as these will give the experience required once you have graduated from university.

Jobs in the pharmaceuticals industry are highly sought after and competition is fierce. You will need the right qualifications and an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is essential for research-based careers.

 

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NEW SCIENCE JOB: Pharmaceutical Stability Manager

A reputable pharmaceutical company based in Hertfordshire that researches and develops dermatological treatments is recruiting for a Pharmaceutical Stability Manager .

The main responsibilities of this role will be to manage all aspects of the stability programme and ensure compliance with internal procedures, industry regulations and regulatory guidance documents. There is also ownership of process procedures and therefore responsibility for implementing improvements that drive efficiency, effectiveness, compliance and robustness.

They are looking for someone who has previously conducted stability studies and has experience with statistical applications for stability data evaluation and shelf-life determination.

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What’s the Future for Pharma?

Liam O’Connell, Operations Director at the CK Group attended the ‘What’s the Future for Pharma’ conference on 10th June run by the Yorkshire Chemical Focus (YCF).

This excellent event explored a number of exciting topics from global and European pharmaceutical and economic strategies through to novel areas of research ranging from regenerative medicines and naturally- derived medicines through to the patent cliff.

Speakers came from such notable organisations as Astra Zeneca, HGF, CrystecPharma and the University of Liverpool and it was hosted by YCF (www.ycf.org.uk). They also have a number of exciting events occurring in the near future including a conference on What’s The Future For Waste.

The CK Group are also delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the YCFs 10th anniversary on  the 16th September.

If you would like any further information on any of these events get in touch with Liam O’Connell

 

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Roche Set For More Profit Increase

Fiercepharma.com has reported that Roche is set to post “massive increase” in profits, according to an unnamed source.

On Thursday 21st July, Roche is expected to post profits margin increases that follow on from the 4% increase from 2010 throughout the first half of 2011.

Roche has been having to streamline the business; like many pharmaceutical companies have, meaning costs have been cut and some jobs have been lost, but the predicted increase should mean that Roche can balance out the costs and possibly be able to fill those jobs that have been lost in the next few years.

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