The pharmaceutical industry comprises of companies involved in the research and development, manufacturing and supply, and commercialisation of new therapeutic products working to bring the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.
More than 65% of all medical research and development in the UK is carried out by the pharmaceutical industry.
As well as helping to treat disease, the pharmaceutical industry is a major employer. Currently in the UK, the industry directly employs around 73,000 people with many more in related industries.
The availability of careers advice during school and university is particularly important. At these ages, students have to make some important decisions about what subjects and courses to choose. They also need guidance on what they should be doing to improve their employability in the future.
Explore the multitude of different roles within the industry; each person has their own career perspective and advice to share. Select a case study.
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