When you think about your dream pharma job, does it include working from home? If so, we have some good news to share. Increasingly, pharma professionals are finding opportunities to work from home, either part time or even full time. We’ve put together a list of the top five home-based pharma jobs, and it’s by no means an exhaustive list. While the commute to your home office certainly beats sitting in traffic, there are some challenges for you to consider before trying to work from home.
The increase in the number of work-from-home jobs reflects the growth of the entire life sciences industry. Biotechnological innovation and advancements are creating new opportunities with many organizations — both in-house and remote. Technologies like cloud computing-based, file-sharing systems and collaboration platforms such as Skype, Slack and Dropbox have made it easier than ever to find work-at-home bliss, even if you are part of a large team.
Keep in mind that working from home will create challenges that you likely won’t encounter while working in an office or laboratory. For some, feelings of isolation can be hard to battle. And, for others, distractions can derail productivity. It’s easy to avoid work by running an errand or doing the dishes because you no longer have separation between your work and home life. Check out this excellent Entrepreneur magazine article about overcoming these issues.
Also, consider splitting your time between home and a more conventional office environment. Gallup earlier this year released its "State of the American Workplace" report based on a survey of 7,000 people who work from home at least part time. Gallup discovered that the most engaged and happiest workers are those who spend about 3-4 days working from home, and a day or two at the office.
In other words, try to mix it up. If you live far away from your employer’s offices, consider looking into a coworking space near you. These membership-based workspaces offer freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals a communal setting. You may even be able to convince your employer to cover some or all of the monthly membership costs.
If working from home is your definition of career nirvana, here are the top five pharma work-from-home jobs:
1. clinical research associate
Our research finds that demand for clinical research associates (CRAs) is exploding with job postings jumping 21 percent from 2015 to 2016. You will assist with and monitor clinical trials, as well as recruit and educate test subjects. Home-based CRAs have become commonplace as companies look to hire people located in the regions where they’re conducting their trials.
2. medical writer
Medical writers are responsible for developing scientific, research and educational life science documents for publication in a variety of internal and external mediums. The ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines are imperative to nail this job.
3. regulatory affairs project manager
In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring government approval during the regulation process of products, generally associated with chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC).
4. clinical data analyst
As long as you have a computer and a high-speed internet connection, you can perform all the necessary duties of a clinical data analyst. Eliminating geographic constraints is attractive to employers, so demonstrating a familiarity with cloud-based data collection and analysis tools will make you an attractive candidate for pharmaceutical companies conducting large-scale global studies.
5. statistical programmer
Like the other positions on this list, statistical programming can be done remotely providing you have a high-speed internet connection. Standardized programming languages enable each program to work with those developed by other team members, and communications platforms like Skype facilitate regular interactions with an on-site study lead.
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