2014 Hot Jobs: Pharma
Pharma has grown steadily in recent years, despite a struggling economy. But faced with healthcare reform, regulatory changes and patent expirations, the industry is bracing for big changes. According to Wanted Analytics, online job ads were up 18 percent in November 2013, compared to the same time in 2012, with San Francisco and the New York metropolitan areas having the highest number of job openings.
A skills gap has emerged with the impending patent cliff and the need to invest in generic drugs. Some areas in need of talent include oncology, infectious diseases, neurology and orphan diseases. In fact, according to a PwC survey, more than half (51%) of pharmaceutical company CEOs reported experiencing more difficulty hiring and a majority of those CEOs (54%) pointed to a deficit of skilled candidates.
What's Hot: Pharma Personnel with a Punch
“Candidates with experience in Study Management, Pharmacovigilance (PV) and Medical Writing are in high demand in companies developing drugs and treatments within a broad range of therapeutic areas, including orphan diseases,” said Greg Coir, President of Randstad Pharma. “Specific skill sets we look for are candidates with NDA and submissions experience, well-rounded professionals who come from smaller to mid-size companies and cross functional Project Managers. Those companies focused on orphan diseases are also likely to be interested in Medical Science Liaisons, who can act as a resource in educating the health staff about these treatments.”
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