No science degree? No problem! Pharmaceutical career options for non-scientists.

A tough economy has many students seeing dark clouds on the horizon as they look forward to graduating into a tight employment market. A recent Boston Globe article discussed the drop in on-campus recruiting sessions and the challenges facing new grads.

Fortunately, not all sectors of the economy have been equally hard-hit, and healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech companies continue to offer some good prospects. The Globe points out that opportunities in this sector aren’t limited to students with a science background:

  • Political science majors are finding work in healthcare policy positions at think tanks, consulting firms, and within the government.
  • Economics and business students are in demand at the larger hospitals and drug companies in management and financial roles.
  • Sociology and psychology degrees open doors to counseling jobs at retirement and medical facilities.
  • English majors with good writing skills can find work in corporate communications at pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies, and larger healthcare providers.
  • Healthcare Information Technology is a steadily growing field taking job applicants from engineering, information sciences, and web analytics backgrounds.
  • Pharmaceutical sales continues to be a reliable option with great long-term opportunities for liberal arts majors with strong interpersonal skills.

Posted: February 15th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “No science degree? No problem! Pharmaceutical career options for non-scientists.”

  1. 1 Leigh said at 5:53 pm on March 7th, 2009:

    A background in communications/business/marketing could also lead to work in corporate philanthropy, sponsorships and community partnerships for a pharma company- most big firms have a department that handles this as part of their “corporate social responsibility” efforts.

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