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Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, & Medical Technology

Are you interested in the intersection of technology and science to advance new health care products and solutions? If so, you might consider exploring careers in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical technology. Careers in this field leverage scientific and technological knowledge to improve or develop new medical and health-related treatments, techniques, tests, technologies, and devices.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a list of sample roles for students and alums interested in careers in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical technology, including potential internships, post-grad entry points, and higher-level positions. Roles in this area can be found in a variety of settings, such as biotech and pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturing companies, agricultural and food companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies and regulatory bodies.

Potential Internships:

  • Chemistry Intern
  • Lab Assistant
  • Microbiology Intern
  • Research Intern
  • R&D Intern

Post-Grad Entry Point Positions:

  • Animal technician
  • Chemical Technician I
  • Equity Research Associate
  • Healthcare Technology Specialist I
  • Lab Research Assistant I
  • Lab Research Specialist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Technologist
  • Research and Program Associate
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientist I
*Many entry-level jobs may have “I” in the position title

Higher-Level Positions:

  • Biochemist
  • Biomanufacturing Specialist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biostatistician
  • Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
  • Clinical Data Scientist
  • Clinical Research Director
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist Specialist
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Process Development Specialist
  • Research Associate III
  • Research Bioengineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientist, Pharmaceutics Research
  • Senior Investigator
  • Senior Manager of Quality Compliance
  • Staff Research and Development Engineer

Trends:

Some industries change more quickly than others, and it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your areas of interest to ensure that you are best preparing yourself for internships and full-time roles post-graduation. Below are a few resources to get you started.

Professional Organizations:

Professional associations offer excellent opportunities for networking, finding jobs and internships, and staying up-to-date on industry issues, trends, and research. Below are a few research and development, biotech, and medical technology-related professional associations to get you started (click here for more tips on how to effectively engage with professional groups).

Transferable Skills:

  • Patience
  • Data collection
  • Analytic skills
  • Critical analysis
  • Planning
  • Organizational skills
  • Technical skills
  • Project management, database management, analytical software skills, spe​cific research techniques (hard skills)