The pharmaceutical sector is one of the
principal ones that we serve here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, with many
employment experts in this field among our staff.
There’s also no question that the industry
is a diverse, complex and potentially highly rewarding one for new recruits,
starter pharmacologists typically earning between £25,000 and £28,000 a year,
according to the National Careers Service.
But what do you need to know if you are to
break into the sector for the first time?
of all, make sure you have the right skills
There is a wide range of skills that will
require in order to succeed in the
pharmaceutical industry. These include strong IT skills, encompassing data
retrieval and analysis, as well as good communication skills for giving
presentations and writing papers and reports.
You will also need to be able to solve
problems and come up with creative solutions in experiments, work collaboratively
in multidisciplinary teams and organise yourself and manage your time well. Leadership
potential is another key requirement.
qualifications are necessary?
Although it isn’t
unheard-of for school leavers to secure pharmaceutical jobs – according to
the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) – this is not common and further career progress would depend
on the possession of higher qualifications.
To stand the best chance of securing your
first pharmaceutical role, you are likely to need a degree in pharmacology,
although entry may be possible with a degree in another scientific subject such
as biochemistry, neuroscience, microbiology or physiology.
For employment at the major pharmaceutical
companies that receive an especially high level of interest from candidates, a
relevant postgraduate qualification such as a pharmacology
MSc or PhD may be essential, or at least highly advantageous.
is the role of work experience?
Work experience can be invaluable for
enabling you to see what life in the pharmaceutical industry is really like, as
well as to talk to those already in the sector and start making useful
contacts. The presence of work experience on your CV will also show to
employers that you have a genuine interest in working in the sector.
Finding a relevant placement can be
extremely difficult if you are under 16, but not impossible, with some
pharmaceutical firms happy to provide local students with experience in an
If you are 16-18, you may be able to secure
a one-week or two-week work experience
placement during school holidays. However, such opportunities are rarely advertised, so you will almost
certainly need to get in touch with companies directly.
When you are considering university
courses, it is strongly advisable to choose a course that offers a ‘year in industry’
– also sometimes referred to as a sandwich or industrial placement year. If
such a placement year is not possible, it’s a good idea to aim to obtain work
experience during the long summer holidays.
can Hyper Recruitment Solutions help?
When you are looking to secure that
all-important first role in pharmacology, the assistance of the right science
recruitment agency can be invaluable. Hyper Recruitment Solutions has long been
that agency for a wide range of individuals seeking science jobs, with a high level of
expertise in relation to the
to our experts today about how we can serve you with our broad range of
services geared towards the needs of candidates.