Careers Service

Pharmaceuticals

There are a wide variety of opportunities available within the pharmaceutical sector, ranging from manufacturing to research and development to sales. While a science based degree is essential for many of these roles, there are some which are open to graduates of other degree disciplines, such as business or numerate subjects.

This page will provide information on this diverse sector and links to important professional bodies and useful sources of vacancies.

Your Future in...

Information and advice on pharmaceuticals specifically for University of Edinburgh students and graduates.

Profiles

Useful resources

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) - detailed information about the pharmaceutical sector, and a list of member organisations. ABPI also have a dedicated careers website providing invaluable advice on entering the pharmaceutical sector and the opportunities available.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

ABPI Careers

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations - represent research-based biopharmaceutical companies, and regional and national associations throughout the world. Contains news articles.

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

BioPharmGuy - directory of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies throughout the world.

BioPharmGuy

Pharmacologist

British Pharmacological Society - is the professional association for pharmacologists in the UK. The website contains a dedicated 'Careers in Pharmacology' section.

Clinical research associate

Institute of Clinical Research - organisation for clinical development professionals.

Institute of Clinical Research

Association of Clinical Research Professionals - US-based resource for clinical research professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Vacancy sources

Wiley Job Network - advertises vacancies in pharmaceuticals and also has career news and advice.

Wiley Job Network

Pharmiweb - links to various pharmaceutical companies and also advertises jobs.

Pharmiweb

emedcareers - advertises roles for pharmaceutical, medical, biotech and healthcare professionals. Emedcareers also publish a blog detailing news in the healthcare job market.

emedcareers

Pharmatimes - provides global news about the pharmaceutical industry.

Pharmatimes

Pharmaceutical employers and recruitment agencies - the University of Kent Careers Service website has a selection of employers and specialist recruitment agencies for the pharmaceutical industry.

University of Kent - Pharmaceutical employers and recruitment agencies