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Leaving The Lab: Alternative Roles In Science

So you’ve got a degree or postgraduate qualification in a science based subject. What next? Many people who take science based options do not intend to spend the rest of their careers working within a science laboratory, and there is a huge range of positions for highly skilled scientists that do not involve lab work.

If you’ve just qualified, or have worked in a laboratory role and want a change, you could consider one of the following alternative positions for scientists. There are many diverse opportunities out there, particularly in the thriving pharmaceutical industry here in Ireland, and whatever your goals for your future, you will be sure to find something here that offers you flexibility and the potential to develop your skills and experience.

Science Careers Outside The Laboratory

1. Marketing. Within commercial markets, there is a great deal of work involved in getting products to consumers, and this is especially true in the pharmaceutical industry. Marketing a new pharmaceutical product can begin 3-4 years before the product is launched, and this requires expert knowledge. Roles for marketers span pre-launch, launch and post launch support, collecting and analysing relevant data at every stage. This sort of role may require qualifications in business as well as in science.

2. Sales. Business qualifications alongside science will also be useful in sales roles, especially in the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industries. A high level of scientific knowledge is required to understand and demonstrate products of this nature, in order to promote and sell to medical settings and professionals.

3. Regulatory affairs. A role in regulatory affairs involves liaising between companies ad regulatory authorities to make sure that new products comply with legislation while they are being manufactured and distributed. Many industries require Regulatory Affairs Officers, Managers and Consultants, including clinical research and medical device sectors. This sort of role is particularly in demand at present, so it offers an exciting and reliable career option.

4. Business development. If you have good analytical skills as well as qualifications in science, you may find that a business development role gives you the sort of challenges you thrive on. Roles such as this involve evaluating new business opportunities, including in-and-out-licensing opportunities, joint ventures and collaborations. The variety of positions like this offer very appealing opportunities for many scientists who are not drawn to lab work.

Are You Seeking A Science Based Role in Cork?

Here at CareerWise, we specialise in recruitment within the multinational sector in Ireland, with expertise in the Medical Device, Sciences/Pharma and ICT industries, as well as Engineering, Supply Chain and Finance. We work with employers and candidates across all industries to find the best opportunities for everyone.

We’re Ireland’s leading specialist Technical and Executive Recruitment firm and we will be happy to help you find your perfect position in Cork, Limerick and Galway. Contact us online, or call on +353 (0) 21 206 today.


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