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Pharmaceuticals

You Interact with Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Everyday

You have a headache and no time to let it slow you down. You take two pills.  Fifteen minutes later, you’re tackling your next task, and the headache is just a memory. 
 
Just as aspirin is not the only cure for headaches, new drugs are being invented all the time. If you have a desire to be part of a team that creates drugs and therapies that improve thousands of people’s lives, read further to see if this career is a good fit. 
 

Skills for Success

Because drugs interact with the body, the highest standards of manufacturing must be met. In other words, the industry needs people who are focused on detail, following procedures to the letter and taking pride in what they do. If this describes you, check out pharmaceutical manufacturing careers. 
 
If you’re the hands on type - your job could include:
  • Controlling or operating equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of medicinal products.
  • Monitoring gauges, recording instruments, flow meters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Measuring, weighing, and mixing chemical ingredients, according to specifications.
  • Inspecting equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down if necessary.
  • Testing product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities or send them to laboratories for testing.
 
If you like to plan and keep things on track: 
  • Implementing and maintaining quality assurance testing practices.
  • Writing standard operating procedures for maintaining quality and completing production processes
  • Auditing and reviewing the production process to control, effectively maintain, and remain in compliance with FDA and other agency quality control regulations. 
 
If you’re more interested in the big picture and the latest drugs:  
  • Collaborating with other departments to establish, maintain, and improve production levels. 
  • Developing new products and/or tooling production lines for new products.
  • Sourcing materials for existing and new products.
 

What’s Happening with Jobs?

Bioscience-related companies are found in 73 of 88 Ohio counties.  And the pharmaceuticals subsector has added 2,439 jobs in Ohio with average salaries between $75,752 and $87,856.  
 

Training Options

There are plenty of opportunities for pharmaceutical manufacturing training at Ohio’s colleges and universities.  And, beyond traditional college experiences there are several certifications available that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Two main certifications are the Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) certification and the Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional (CPIP) credential.
 

Where To Go From Here

Check the Explore Careers and Develop Skills tabs for more information on exciting pharmaceutical jobs.