No Industry Experience – Entry Level 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, Healthcare Assistant, Caregiver, Radiation Therapist etc
  • Manufacturing – Production Operator, Toolmaker, Fitter/Turner
  • Food Processing – Operator, Butcher
  • Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, etc
  • Construction – Electrician, Carpenter/Joiner, Foreman, General Operative
  • Warehouse – All Warehouse Workers
  • Sales/Business – Retail Sales, Pharma Sales, Business, Accountant, Finance, etc
  • Other – Farmers, Designers, Architects, Airline Staff, Beauty/Hair Saloon etc

Here are some of the typical roles 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.

All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

Some companies might call this role:

  • Chemical Process Technician
  • BioProcess Technician
  • Cleanroom Operator
  • Process Operator
  • 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

Some companies might call this role:

  • Chemical Process Technician
  • BioProcess Technician
  • Cleanroom Operator
  • Process Operator
  • 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.

Manufacturing Technician assembles a piece of medical device equipment in a factory in Italy

Some companies might call this role:

  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Production Operator
  • Production Technician
  • Manufacturing Team Member
  • Product Assembler
  • Assembler
  • 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

Some companies might call this role:

  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Production Operator
  • Production Technician
  • Manufacturing Team Member
  • Product Assembler
  • Assembler
  • 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 industry standards, making it ready for sale or distribution.

All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

Some companies might call this role:

  • Packaging Technician
  • Starting Salary: $24,728
  • After 2 Years: $30,910
  • After 5 Years: $37,092
All Other Backgrounds Job Descriptions & Salaries

Some companies might call this role:

  • Packaging Technician
  • Starting Salary: €28,000 to €32,000
  • After 2 Years: €32,000 to €38,000
  • After 5 Years: €38,000 to €42,000

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.

Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries

Some companies might call this role:

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

Some companies might call this role:

  • Process Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Average US Salary: $55,800

References

Salaries are calculated as 80%, 100% and 120% of BLS averages.

What Courses do I Need to Take?

STEP 1: Take our 16-Week Online Conversion Course into Pharma Manufacturing This program is the quickest way to learn all you need, to successfully move into an entry-level role in Pharmaceutical or Medical Device manufacturing. Here are some of the most common job titles we see advertised:

Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries

Process Operator. Some companies call this role:

  • Cleanroom Operator
  • Chemical Process Technician
  • BioProcess Technician
  • Process Technician

Manufacturing Operator. Some companies call this role

  • Manufacturing Team Member
  • Product Assembler
  • Production Technician
  • Production Operator
  • Manufacturing Technician

Packaging Operators. Some companies call this role: 

  • Packaging Technician

STEP 2: Then take our award-winning Certificate in eBioPharmachem (DT 698) program to get a university qualification and get better jobs with a higher salary. Typical Roles after some work experience;

Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries

And with a few years experience:

STEP 2: Then take our Level 4 University Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing to get a university qualification and get better jobs with a higher salary. Typical Roles after some work experience;

Manufacturing Job Roles & Salaries

And with a few years experience:

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