Pharmaceutical Industry Workers

Pharmaceutical industry workers are involved in many aspects of the development, manufacture, and distribution of pharmaceutical products. Pharmaceutical operators work with machines that perform such functions as filling capsules and inspecting the quality and weight of tablets. Pharmaceutical sales representatives sell and distribute pharmaceutical products and introduce new items to pharmacists, retail stores, and medical practitioners. Currently, there are approximately 81,000 pharmaceutical sales representatives in the United States pursuing some 830,000 pharmaceutical prescribers.

Quick Facts
Duties Meet established sales goals if a pharmaceutical salesperson; conduct research if a research and development professional; inspect finished goods on the production line if a pharmaceutical operator; run machines and other equipment if working directly in production.
Alternate Title(s) Ampule and Vial Fillers, Ampule and Vial Inspectors, Capsule Filling Machine Operators, Fermenter Operators, Granulator Machine Operators, Hand Packers and Packagers, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Pharmaceutical Operators, Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives, Production Managers, Research and Development Professionals,
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Sales representatives should have sales experience
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Pharmaceutical sales representatives need to have a valid driver's license
Career Ladder
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Supervisor
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Trainee