Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Second Edition

Worldwide, more than 2,700 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies comprise a trillion-dollar industry, with many of the top companies—and one of the largest markets for their products—based in the United States. These companies produce over-the-counter and prescription drugs, diagnostics and biologics essential to identifying and treating disease. But the stakes are high, with research and development costs sometimes running into the millions of dollars and approval by the Food and Drug Administration taking years to earn. Today challenges also come from generic drug producers and the need to make life-saving drugs available in developing nations. Still, few industries offer the opportunities found in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, where groundbreaking next-generation research and sophisticated marketing and sales efforts are essential to success.

The Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Second Edition provides an insider’s perspective on what’s happening in the industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. Whether you hope to help discover a new miracle drug or simply sell one to millions of people whose lives it will improve, this guide will help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider’s view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it’s going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.
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