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5 reasons why working in the pharmaceutical industry is rewarding

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5 reasons why working in the pharmaceutical industry is rewarding

Nearly 70.000 people are active in the pharmaceutical industry: scientists, engineers, technicians, laboratory assistants … The main motivation for entering the industry is the desire to help and improve the lives of others. Working in the pharmaceutical industry offers a greater opportunity for making the difference than in other industries. It involves a lot more than supplying people with medicines at the pharmacy.

Here are the 5 reasons why working in the pharmaceutical industry can be so rewarding:

1. JOB SATISFACTION

Job satisfaction is mostly valued above most other factors by many workers when choosing a job. Although some view the development and manufacture of drugs negatively, the fact is still that drugs save lives and improve the quality of life of millions of people around the world.

2. OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH

There is nothing more exciting than making a breakthrough in your chosen field that will have a big impact on society in the future. Imagine the feeling you would get if you were a part of the development of a drug able to cure cancer or Alzheimer's. Pharmaceutical research is incredibly important for everyone's future and therefore so rewarding.

3. NEW TECHNOLOGY

Drugs and chemicals are at the heart of the pharmaceutical industry, but it's not just all about that. The industry needs engineers of all types. All are dedicated to the development and use of new technologies designed to improve the development, manufacture and distribution of products. The industry is dynamic, fast moving and at the cutting edge of technology.

4. PAY AND CONDITIONS

Working as a pharmacists may be rewarding enough for many, you still have to make a living. The pharmaceutical industry employs the best in their fields and pays them accordingly at very competitive rates. It's a vast industry so there are plenty of opportunities for career advancement. Many pharmaceutical companies are global, which often offers the opportunity to work overseas.

5. VARIETY

The world of pharmaceuticals never stands still. Developments and breakthroughs happen all the time, so you will have to keep pace. You work with professionals from a range of disciplines from around the world and have the chance to work in a number of different environments. If variety is what you are looking for, then pharmaceuticals could be the right industry for you today.


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