Ireland is considered one of the top destinations in the world for investments in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. In fact, of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies, 9 have offices and operations in Ireland leading to a host of job opportunities in Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry

Of the top selling medicinal drugs in the world, 12 are manufactured in Ireland. Ireland’s biomedical and pharmaceutical industries have expand to such and extent that over 55,000 Irish citizens are employed directly or indirectly by these sectors—and the numbers are only seen to increase even more in coming years.

This represents a huge opportunity for career development and growth. Demand for skilled workers in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries are high and are only expected to increase as companies continue to expand into and invest in Ireland. For those who are thinking of applying for jobs in Ireland’s biomedical and pharmaceutical industry, you can check our article on the Top 10 Pharma and Medical Device Companies in Ireland or our jobs page for current openings.

What types of jobs are typically available for the biomedical / pharmaceutical industries? There are opportunities for work in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Maintenance/Engineering

However, according to the National Skills Bulletin Report, some roles are more difficult to source than others. Below are some of the positions employers in the BioPharma industry have a high demand for, with very few skilled applicants available. For experience technical people from other industries who want to transition into a career in the biopharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing industries, investing in training courses for the jobs below will greatly increase their chances of getting hired:

  • Laboratory Technician – assists in handling and maintaining lab equipment, collecting and analyzing data, and performing routine laboratory work. They may also be asked to create devices with the guidance of healthcare professionals—devices like prosthetic limbs, hearing aids, or even dentures and other dental prosthetics.
  • Engineer – Automation – highly in demand in the manufacturing sector, they usually design and program machines to do automated tasks. Automation Engineers usually hold degrees in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, but knowledge of robotics and programming are a plus.
  • Engineer – Quality – Typically requires certification (CQE or Certified Quality Engineer). Job description typically involves performing product & service quality evaluation and control.
  • Engineer – Test / Validation – Typically tests manufacturing systems for the development of products, such as medicines or medical devices.
  • Engineering Technician – Typically solve technical problems, specifically with equipment malfunctions and repairs.
  • Manufacturing Technician – Manufacturing pharmaceuticals and medical devices in a highly regulated environment.
  • QA (Quality Assurance) Analyst – Responsible for assessing for imperfections in products produced, and making sure quality standards are met.

If your are interested in a career in this growing sector, feel free to check out job opportunities in Ireland’s biopharma and medical device manufacturing industries.

Good luck with your job hunt!

FREE SpringBoard Course

Our eBioPharmaChem course is FREE for Unemployed people in Ireland who qualify under the Springboard Scheme. If you are thinking of re-skilling into this sector and would like more information, contact us for details.

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Feel free to check out our Manufacturing Safe Medicines & Medical Devices (Intro) course which will help you get a start on a career path into the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industry.

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