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What Types of Jobs are there in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

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The types of role you’ll be able to apply for, and the salaries associated with them, will be influenced by your qualifications and work background.

Below you’ll find a list of common backgrounds of people who take our courses. Under each heading is a sample of the sorts of jobs someone from that background might be suitable to do, depending on their level of experience.

Click on each link for an article that explains more about what the job involves within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and what skills you need to be successful.

Each section also includes a link to a more general job description and salaries page that gives a less detailed insight into more jobs – as well as potential salaries.

Manufacturing Background

Packaging Operator – responsible for taking the finished product of a manufacturing process and ensuring that it is packaged in line with company and industrial standards, making it ready for sale or distribution.

Process Technician – operates equipment, monitors processes and documents results in strict adherence to protocols. They are involved in all stages of the manufacturing process and in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, their role often occurs within a clean-room environment.

Click here for salary information and more manufacturing roles (including assembler and manufacturing technical specialist).

Science Background

Laboratory Technician – assist industry scientists in their research and testing. This can involve a number of different tasks and these tasks can vary greatly between roles. Within the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory technicians can be employed in research and development or in production and manufacturing. As a result, the work can be based in a laboratory or on a production line, depending on the specific responsibilities of the role.

Click here for salary information and more science roles (including chemist and lab analyst).

Quality Background

Quality Assurance Associate – monitors and records results from processes and procedures within manufacturing industries. Results are continually compared to predetermined expected ranges and any deviation from expected results leads to corrective measures.

Quality Control Associate – tests the product of a manufacturing process to ensure that it meets with predefined criteria. The completion of this quality check ensures that the final product is safe to release for sale or distribution.

Quality Engineer – works within the quality team to ensure the overall quality of a manufactured product and are tasked with creating documentation, devising quality tests and defining the criteria a test result should meet. They play a key role in fixing issues when they arise.

Click here for salary information and more quality roles (including project quality engineer and associate quality engineer).

Engineering & Maintenance Background

Maintenance Technician – tasked with routine maintenance of manufacturing equipment as well as helping to troubleshoot when issues arise. Due to the regulation of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, they are required to keep detailed and accurate documentation of their work.

Process Engineer – responsible for designing, implementing, controlling and optimizing industrial processes, especially continuous ones within the chemical, petrochemical, agriculture, mineral processing, advanced material, food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological industries.

Project Engineer – manages technical or engineering projects. They work with stakeholders at all levels, with direct responsibility for budgeting, personnel and project planning.

Click here for salary information and more engineering and maintenance roles (including chemical engineer, HVAC technician, industrial engineer and electrician).

Highly Specialised Roles

Automation Engineer – utilises technology to improve, streamline and automate a manufacturing process. They are responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of such technology.

Validation Engineer – responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the validation strategy in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing. They measure and analyse the process, audit and calibrate equipment and create a document trail that shows the process leads to a consistent result to ensure the highest quality products are produced.

Click here for salary information and more highly specialised roles (including systems engineer and applications engineer).

No Experience In These Areas?

For trainees who are reskilling from another industry and don’t have experience in any of these backgrounds, check out entry level positions such as:

Packaging Operator – responsible for taking the finished product of a manufacturing process and ensuring that it is packaged in line with company and industrial standards, making it ready for sale or distribution.

Process Technician – operates equipment, monitors processes and documents results in strict adherence to protocols. They are involved in all stages of the manufacturing process and in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, their role often occurs within a clean-room environment.

Click here for salary information and more entry level roles.

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March 9th, 2017|