Employees in the pharmaceutical industry come from a range of backgrounds and have a range of qualifications creating a diverse working environment.
Many people who work in the pharmaceutical industry are graduates and may also have post-graduate qualifications in areas such as chemistry, life sciences, maths or IT. These qualifications are essential for some research and development and manufacturing roles, however there are also opportunities to enter these areas of the pharmaceutical industry without university qualifications through apprenticeships, on-the-job training and part-time study.
Commercial and more general support functions, such as human resources (HR), finance and IT, are an essential part of any large organisation. These jobs are also carried out by people with a range of professional qualifications, ranging from post-graduates to those carrying out on-the-job training.
To find out more about the types of jobs available see Working in the industry.
For individual career perspectives from people who work in the industry, explore the Case studies section