Life Sciences Industry: Career Paths

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Pharmacologist
Step 1
(18 yrs
)
Degree - pharmacology
Dundee University - Dundee
Step 2
(18 yrs)
Work experience
University laboratory
Step 3
(22 yrs)
PHD Research in pharmacology
University of Aberdeen - Aberdeen
Step 4
(25 yrs)
Industrial year
Major pharmaceutical company - London
Step 5
(26 yrs)
Graduate scheme
Pharmaceutical company - Edinburgh
Step 6
(27 yrs)
Short course in project management and report writing
Pharmaceutical company - Glasgow
Step 7
(27 yrs)
Pharmacologist
Company in pharmaceutical industry - Edinburgh
Salary: £20K
Step 8
(30 yrs)
Assistant product manager
Government funded research institute - Edinburgh
Salary: c£45K
Step 9
(34 yrs)
Senior Manager
Major drug manufacturing company - Glasgow
Salary: c£90K
Commercial/ retail pharmacist
Step 1
(18 yrs)
Degree in pharmacy
Must be approved by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) -
Only 2 courses in Scotland at –- School of Pharmacy, Robert Gordon College Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde School of Pharmacy
Step 2
(22 yrs)
Pre-registration training in an approved pharmacy - under supervision of an approved pharmacist and tutor
Step 3
(23 yrs)
RPS examination
Step 4
(24 yrs)
Graduate training programme
Major pharmaceutical company - Edinburgh
Step 5
(25 yrs)
Support pharmacist
Small pharmaceutical company - Dundee
Salary: c£25K
Step 6
(28 yrs)
Pharmacist
Leading supermarket chain - Glasgow
Salary: c£35K
Step 7
(30 yrs)
Manager
Large pharmaceutical company - Edinburgh
Salary: c£55K
Step 8
(32 yrs)
Self- employed
Small pharmaceutical company - Edinburgh
Salary: potential- £80K
Medical sales rep
Step 1
(18 yrs)
HND- biomedical sciences
Adam Smith College- Fife
Step 2
(22 yrs)
Work experience
Hospital placement - Perth
Step 3
(23 yrs)
Graduate training programme
Institute of Sales and Marketing Management - Edinburgh
Step 4
(24yrs)
Examination of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
Step 5
(24yrs)
Sales representative
Working for a GP - Perth
Salary: c£18K
Step 6
(26yrs)
Senior sales representative
Working for a GP - Perth
Salary: £24K
Step 7
(28yrs)
Medical representative
GPs and hospitals - Perthshire
Salary: £30K
Step 8
(30yrs)
Field sales manager
Major pharmaceutical company - Dundee
Salary: c£35K
Step 9
(32yrs)
Area sales Manager
Major pharmaceutical company - Edinburgh
Salary: £40K
Step 10
(34yrs)
Liaison representative
NHS - Edinburgh
Salary: £55K
Research Scientist
Step 1
(18yrs)
Pharmacology Degree
University of Glasgow
Step 2
(22yrs)
PHD Research in Pharmacology
University of Aberdeen
Step 3
(24yrs)
Work experience
Academic laboratory - Glasgow
Step 4
(25yrs)
Graduate training programme
Global pharmaceutical company - Edinburgh
Step 5
(26yrs)
Research assistant
Global Pharmaceutical Company - Edinburgh
Salary: £25K
Step 6
(28yrs)
Research Scientist
Government Research Organisation - Dundee
Salary: £30K
Step 7
(30yrs)
Head of Research & Development
Government Research Organisation - Glasgow
Salary: £55K