Education and Training in Pharma
No Industry Experience – Job Descriptions & Salaries

No Industry Experience – Starter Roles

Potential Job Roles and Salaries

Even if you have no relevant industry experience or qualification, you can still retrain for starter level roles. If you have any of the following backgrounds;

  • Homemakers
  • Restaurant Sector – Chef, Cook, Restaurant Manager
  • Healthcare – Nurse, Pharmacist, Radiation Therapist, Caregivers, etc
  • Manufacturing – Production Operator, Toolmaker, Fitter/Turner
  • Food Processing – Operator, Butcher
  • Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, etc
  • Construction – Electrician, Plumber/Pipe-fitter, Carpenter/Joiner, Foreman, General Operative
  • Warehouse – All Warehouse Workers
  • Other – Farmers, Designers, Architects, Business, Sales, Retail, Accountants, Finance, Airline Staff etc

Here are some of the potential job roles you could retrain into and the expected salaries.

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.

Some companies might call this role:

  • Chemical Process Technician
  • BioProcess Technician
  • Cleanroom Operator
All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: €30,000 to €35,000
  • After 2 Years: €35,000 to €40,000
  • After 5 Years: €40,000 to €50,000
All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: $37,480
  • After 2 Years: $46,850
  • After 5 Years: $56,220

Manufacturing Technician

Work in a discrete manufacturing environment, run and maintain factory equipment and assembly processes, monitor and check the product quality and document results in strict adherence to protocols.

Some companies might call this role:

  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Production Operator
  • Production Technician
  • Assembler
Manufacturing Technician assembles a piece of medical device equipment in a factory in Italy
  • Starting Salary: €30,000 to €35,000
  • After 2 Years: €35,000 to €40,000
  • After 5 Years: €40,000 to €50,000
Manufacturing Technician assembles a piece of medical device equipment in a factory in Italy
  • Starting Salary: $24,728
  • After 2 Years: $30,910
  • After 5 Years: $37,092

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.

Some companies might call this role:

  • Packaging Technician
All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: €28,000 to €32,000
  • After 2 Years: €32,000 to €38,000
  • After 5 Years: €38,000 to €42,000
All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: $24,728
  • After 2 Years: $30,910
  • After 5 Years: $37,092

And with a few years experience,

Production Supervisor

Directly responsible for overseeing and organising the equipment, staff and processes on a production floor. They will oversee scheduling and routine production activities as well as acting as first-line troubleshooting should problems arise.

Some companies might call this role:

  • Process Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: €44,640
  • After 2 Years: €55,800
  • After 5 Years: €66,960
Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries
  • Average US Salary: $55,800

What Courses Do I Need to Take?

What courses do I need to take to successfully retrain for a starter role in this sector?

FIRST you’ll need to take our Foundation Course in Manufacturing Safe Medicines to fill in your knowledge and qualification gaps and meet the next program’s minimum academic requirements.

All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

Take this intro course and learn how safe medicines and medical devices are manufactured in a regulated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) environment.

Then, take this Certificate in eBioPharmachem program to retrain for starter level roles.

All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

This 30-week academically accredited Certificate will help you find an operator/technician role within the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device manufacturing industry.

What Courses Do I Need to Take?

What courses do I need to take to successfully retrain for a starter role in this sector?

FIRST you’ll need to take our Foundation Course in Manufacturing Safe Medicines to fill in your knowledge and qualification gaps and meet the next program’s minimum academic requirements.

All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

Take this intro course and learn how safe medicines and medical devices are manufactured in a regulated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) environment.

Then, take this Certificate in eBioPharmaValidation program to retrain for starter level roles.

All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

This 12-Month academically accredited Certificate will prepare you for a validation role within the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device manufacturing industry.

Available Jobs

Pennsylvania’s Pharma Jobs Board

Check out Pennsylvania’s largest jobs board focused exclusively on the pharmaceutical and medical device sector and see what jobs are available.
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Irish Pharmaceutical Jobs Board

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UK Pharma Jobs Board

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