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Pharmaceuticals is one of the UK’s biggest industries with a workforce of over 70,000 people. Medicines produced and manufactured by pharmaceutical businesses will have helped us all at some point in our lives and there are still a number of diseases for which there is no cure.
Working in pharmaceuticals you’d have a high level of responsibility towards to the public as all roles revolve around designing, marketing and manufacturing products which give the best possible treatments and improve patients’ health. There are a number of apprenticeship schemes available within larger pharmaceuticals manufacturers, both on the scientific side and on the business side.
The pharmaceutical industry also relies heavily on marketing and communications. For all of these roles you’ll need a strong understanding of pharmaceuticals and the human body in order to be able to effectively explain medicines to clients and customers.
There are also a number of roles available within pharmaceutical sales, which involves travelling around selling the latest drugs to medical drugs and healthcare professionals. They are the link between pharmaceutical companies and healthcare.
Or you might consider working as in a pharmacology role. A pharmacologist requires a degree education, but there are a number of other roles that you can pursue in pharmacology straight from school, such as a pharmacy advisor or technician. In these roles you would support the pharmacy in dispensing the correct medicine in the correct dosage.
As a pharmacy advisor your day will include: