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Which Career Path in the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Right for You?

Entering the pharmaceutical industry is a comforting thought to many new students, simply knowing that there are so many vast opportunities that await. No matter your unique and personal skill set, you will be able to find a role within the pharmaceutical industry that fits your strengths and satisfies your interests. In such a big field, you can try your hand at a number of different options before settling on one career path.

At the NeuAge Institute, we give students the opportunity to discover what areas of the pharmaceutical industry really interest them. From regulatory affairs to medical writing, students can use their acquired practical knowledge and skills to advance from entry-level positions to leadership roles after gaining some experience. The pharmaceutical industry is an incredible field to pursue if you’re looking for career growth and expansion, so keep reading to see which path may be best for you.

Climb the Ladder with a Quality Assurance Career Path

While you may begin your career in an entry-level position following pharmaceutical certification, you could quickly find yourself moving into more advanced positions within the field of quality assurance. Most high-level quality assurance roles require some experience, so once you become confident in your role following your training, you can start looking toward next steps. Quality assurance professionals are able to pay close attention to detail, constantly perform internal and external audits, and remain up-to-date on changing quality procedures, requirements, and standards. If these describe your skill set, then you’ll want to check out the post-graduate Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance certification at the NeuAge Institute. Quality assurance provides a great option for anyone looking for the possibility of upward mobility.

Entry-level experience in quality assurance could lead to future growth.

Discover the World of Research Within the Pharmaceutical Industry

You may find yourself drawn to the world of research within the pharmaceutical industry if you have a knack for effectively tracking, interpreting, and translating scientific data. As seen on the SOCRA website, open positions for clinical research roles are plentiful, which is a great sign for career growth. Clinical research doesn’t mean that you’ll be alone with the data without other human interactions. At NAI, you can expect to gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to become a Clinical Research Coordinator or Clinical Research Associate. In both of these roles, you will help manage clinical trials, collect data, inform participants about the study objectives, and administer various questionnaires. This keeps you engaged and involved with the participants of the research, which is an exciting element of this role for many students in training. 

Become a Medical Writer

Keeping the public in mind, medical and scientific writers bridge the gap between the scientific world and the general population. They work alongside physicians, scientists, and other health professionals in order to deliver digestible information to the public in the form of journals, leaflets, infographics, website publications, and more. If you enjoy writing and have a strong scientific background, this could be your perfect role. With the Drug Development, Clinical Research, Drug Safety, and Pharmacovigilance certification from NAI, you’ll experience an applied and practical approach to foundational topics in the pharmaceutical industry, giving you a basis for your career. These topics include Good Clinical Practices (GCP), the regulatory framework of drug development, quality assurance concepts, pharmacovigilance methodologies, and more, giving you industry-specific knowledge to support your writing.

Scientific writers present pharmaceutical industry information to wider audiences.

Take Charge in the Regulatory Field

Finally, if you enjoy policy, critical thinking, problem-solving, organization, and communication, then pursuing regulatory affairs may be the best move for your career. Regulatory affairs professionals take control of their duties to ensure that all medical products from the facility are in compliance with the required laws and regulations set by governing bodies. Regulatory affairs roles also must consider the specific policies and procedures in play at their own facility, set by the company’s corporate policy. Further description of regulatory affairs roles may be explored on the RAPS website. If you love taking complex strategies and translating them into more comprehensible steps to ensure compliance, then you may find a regulatory affairs career rewarding. You’ll stay motivated in a fast-paced environment that requires your careful attention to changing regulations and how those, in turn, affect product development processes.


Interested in further exploring pharmaceutical careers?

Contact the NeuAge Institute for more information!




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