The pharmaceutical industry is a fast-paced industry that is constantly changing with technological and scientific discoveries. Working in the pharmaceutical industry can be very rewarding and those people who work in the pharmaceutical industry can expect to be constantly involved in a wide range of activities, including processing and producing medicinal drugs, developing ways to keep our food supplies safe and testing new drugs.
If you are considering taking the plunge and looking to gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry, the first thing you should look at is whether you have the necessary qualifications for the area of the industry you wish to work in. Many roles within the pharmaceutical industry require employees who have qualifications, due to the scientific nature of the work. Not all roles require qualifications, however, most of the roles with the best remuneration and career advancement opportunities do require some sort of science-based qualification.
Don’t worry if you don’t yet have the necessary qualification as one option could be to start work as an assistant in a local pharmacy or drugstore and complete your qualification part-time. This will give you great insight into the industry while allowing you the chance to utilize the skills you are learning and also give you the opportunity to earn money and work experience whilst you are studying.
If you already have a qualification but aren’t sure if it’s sufficient to get your foot in the industry’s door, you can talk to a recruitment consultant or someone already in the industry. Generally, any science degree is a good start with chemistry, pharmaceutical-related science or a biological degree being the most relevant. A qualification isn’t the only skill you will need to work in the industry though. Skills such as organizational ability, time management, an analytical capacity and the aptitude to work as an individual and as part of a team are valued and will increase your employability.
When you are ready to start searching for roles within the industry, contact a recruitment company that specializes in the pharmaceutical industry. You will be able to discuss your work history, qualifications and career goals and they will be able to find the best pharmaceutical jobs to suit you. Some of the streams within the industry that you may consider working in and researching further are food science, microbiology, biotechnology, animal science, and nutrition.
There are many other streams available and discussing these with the recruitment consultant will give you a greater understanding of whether they’d be right for you.