What jobs can I do in Industry

Posted by | January 30, 2014 | Industry

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I remember when I first started my PhD everybody had a vague picture about industry. People would ask if you are interested in pursuing a career outside academia and you were like maybe, why not, if I actually knew what sort of job I could do in a company with my qualifications. Most people,

even academics used to say that in industry you often earn more money compared to universities, but the conversation wouldn’t go further as they were unsure what career options you can have outside academia.  It took me a while to get a clear picture of the possible careers I can have in industry and most of the information came from internet, asking friends who have already done that step or try to contact people from companies in order to get some clues.

Below I have gathered job titles with ‘funny’ names, and by funny I mean the jobs which when you see being advertised they make no sense to somebody who spent all his grad years on a bench.

Let’s go:

-Pharmacovigilance officer

You are the one who gathers information from databases or the web regarding side effects or other characteristics of a drug or a drastic substance.

-Regulatory affairs manager

As the name dictates you are the one who handles regulatory documents of a specific product or service and make sure that all the procedures taking place are in agreement with local or national guidelines.

-Quality assurance manager / Quality and Compliance manager / Quality Auditor

This job involves regular product/service checks in order to ensure that all the processes are in accordance to established protocols like ISO. It is becoming quite a popular job as ISO verification is required in pretty much everything these days from organic farming to molecular diagnostics.

- Product Development Manager

You are the intermediate between the R&D department and the clients/consumers/sales team. This job requires technical/scientific knowledge as well commercial experience.

-Product Development Scientist

This is the scientist who is based at the R&D department and has regular communication with the Product Development Manager.

-Clinical research associate

This is a clinical trial job. You will get involved in the establishment of new clinical trials and/or the supervision of trials in progress. You will work very close with hospital staff and medics.

-Project manager

Although it sounds very broad it can be narrowed down to very specific duties depending on the company/organisation you are working for. In the Business sector you work more as a junior consultant where you are responsible for a completion of multiple tasks while you are trying to find flaws in the strategy of your clients and propose ideas. In the academic environment a project manager could organize the grant accounts, set up meetings and group connections and perform the admin work that the Group Leader doesn’t have time to do.

-Medical Science Liaison / Regional Science Manager / Clinical Research Scientist

Your job will involve relationship building between medics and pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device companies. You will also have to develop educational material for potential clients in order to increase their awareness on products you promote. Travel will be very common. It is a very demanding job but at the same time very rewarding.

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2 Responses to “What jobs can I do in Industry”

  1. Comment made by Egon Ranghini on Jan 30th 2014 at 5:56 pm: Reply

    Great article, I found it very useful. There’s only one more type of industry job that comes to my mind right now that PhDs may be interest in searching for. Here in the US is called Field Application Scientist. The Field Application Scientist is the primary technical field contact for a Company and responsible for all new installations, customer training, logistic and troubleshooting support.
    You are not gonna be a researcher anymore, however you need to keep yourself constantly up-to-date with the literature and be aware of the latest technologies that your competitors have developed. As you may imagine, this type of job requires a lot of travelling, up to 70% is some cases.
    Keep posting Sokratis!

  2. Comment made by Sajeda Chowdhury on Feb 6th 2014 at 7:35 am: Reply

    It is very nice. Thank you.

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