The new decade of the 21st century came to us with a lot of promise but turned out to be the most challenging of times because of the pandemic episode globally. Job markets took a big hit and there was the loss of employment across most sectors. However, one sector stood up firm against the test of time and threw up plenty of opportunities.
The sector I am referring to is the pharmaceutical sector and the ailment along with mental stress, agony and overall socioeconomic condition saw a monumental rise in the need for old, new and innovative medication. Pharmaceutical companies made the best use of this rising opportunity and took a giant leap towards growth, which was never seen before.
So, this is one industry, which will provide a lot of job opportunities in years to come, irrespective of the changes happening around us.
Let us now have a brief look at the Job opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry for people across different domains.
The pharmaceutical industry thrives on teamwork among different cross-functional teams like Manufacturing, R&D, Distribution, Finance, HR, Training, Marketing and most importantly Sales and Business Development.
There are a lot of players as well. Hence the opportunity for Growth and choosing the ideal profile is plenty for any candidate. A brief idea about the different job functions in Pharmaceutical Industry is listed below.
The biggest opportunity for jobs in the pharmaceutical industry lies in Sales. Freshers, Experienced and skilled people are valued like anything and growth opportunities within a short duration of time will be very easy for someone who is deserving.
Bigger companies normally prefer Science graduates as Sales executives as they need to communicate scientifically with Customers, who in most cases are qualified Doctors with a lot of knowledge about the subject. The field managerial positions are also up for grab for good performers and people have been seen to assume the post of a Country Manager even, after starting as a Sales Executive.
The basic need for this profile is a flair for sales, being innovative, disciplined, willingness to learn and tremendous Customer orientation, which ensures that you make a mark in your current role.
Manufacturing is one of the most important functions in this industry. Fresh B. Pharm candidates, as well as experienced professionals with similar experience, will have plenty of scopes to join any company of repute. As with any other industry, a Post Graduate Management Degree in any of the areas will help us to go for the higher responsibilities with better compensation.
R & D:
R&D ensures the sustainability of the Pharma company and Research fellows, Doctors with a flair for Research along with master’s degree holders from Biosciences have good job opportunities here. The noble cause of providing newer solutions to make the world a better place lies with this department.
Finance and HR:
As with any other Industry, Finance, HR roles are very important in the Pharma industry and hiring happens on a regular basis. However, the size of these Departments is smaller and the scope is limited. The training department also thrives on recruiting people with previous experience, having Management Degrees and Certificate Courses done in line with the Training need. Freshers have very limited scope here.
Marketing Department decides on promotional strategies and budget allocation for same and looks towards including experienced people with a proved track record and postgraduate degrees. Previous successful brand creation adds weightage to the CV of people aspiring to join this department.
While we have covered most of the job profiles from the Pharmaceutical Industry, it has to be kept in mind that a few common qualities like hard work, dedication, willingness to learn, aligning towards Organizational Goals, and working towards self-development will make one stand out from the crowd and achieve Professional Goals in the Pharmaceutical Industry.