The great thing about working in pharmaceuticals is the scope of careers to choose from, and not just for those with an interest in science. Skilled personnel including chemists, biologists, lawyers, pharmacists, engineers, software developers, sales and marketing experts and information specialists are all working together to make a difference to millions of lives.
The range of jobs and benefits of working in the industry can be explored under Working in the industry.
Whichever stage you’re at in your education, the following pages give advice on the choices you need to make and the options for you to enter into the pharmaceutical industry.
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To find out what it’s really like to work in the industry and how people got there, explore our Case studies.
Once you have embarked on a university degree there are still choices to be made. In the UK there’s stiff competition for most jobs, so just having a degree on your CV isn’t enough to make you employable.
Most people know what doctors, nurses, dentists and vets do. But many people are not sure what a research chemist does, or what a pharmacologist is.
If you have completed your PhD and post-doctoral work in an academic institution, making the transition into the pharmaceutical industry can be daunting, but making this transition could have many benefits for your career.
In training, you may only have considered being an NHS or private sector physician, as little exposure to industry careers is offered in medical schools. However, your skills, training and medical knowledge are invaluable in the pharmaceutical industry.
Applying successfully for a job takes time and skill. As the job market in the UK is so competitive, it’s worth taking time over your application to make sure you really stand out from the crowd.
Useful links to various careers websites providing information to a range of age groups about careers in the life sciences.