What Careers Are There?

What careers are there in statistics and statistical programming in the pharmaceutical industry? What is a typical day in the life of a statistician or programmer? This is the section to find out more.

Careers Booklets

Here are a couple of downloadable booklets for schools, universities, graduates and anyone considering a career change, containing detailed information on careers in statistics and statistical programming in the pharmaceutical industry.

 Careers For Statisticians and Statistical Programmers in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PSI leaflet) 
 Career Opportunities for School Leavers and New Graduates (PSI leaflet)
 A Career as a Statistician in the Pharmaceutical Industry (RSS booklet)

Posters and slide presentations are available for use in schools and universities.

ABPI also has a good resource available for parents on jobs within the Pharmaceutical sector.

A Day in the Life of a Statistician or Statistical Programmer

Click the following links to read real-life accounts of recent graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry:

"If you’re looking for a stimulating job, with lots of interaction with other disciplines and opportunities for travel, then working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry is one that you should consider!"

Statistical Programmer
"One day you may be working on a study drug to relieve pain for arthritis, the next a drug to help cure breast cancer. It is satisfying to know you play a part in creating drugs that may have such a profound impact on peoples’ lives."

PSI Statisticians on the Spot: Sandra Joksaite 
We caught up with Sandra, a graduate statistician working at GSK, to find out how the first few months of her new job have been going.

PSI Statisticians on the Spot: Abram Graham 
Q&A session with Abram, who is a couple of years into his role as a Biostatistician at QuintilesIMS.

 PSI also holds a competition for people to write an account of their career experiences so far – the recent winning articles are below:

"I did not know what to expect as far as day-to-day work was concerned so I was pleasantly surprised to find I was not chained to the desk all day."
Andrew (programmer)

"It is just very nice to know that whatever issue you might have, you will find someone who will be able to help you. I really feel like I can benefit from other people’s experiences, and that is really appreciable."
Celine (statistician)

"...before that interview I could have written all the information I knew about the pharmaceutical industry on a back of a postage stamp and could still have room left over for me to list all the Beethoven’s hits I know!"
Dave (statistician)

"In my short time spent within the industry the role has provided me with the challenges and goals I require, and I look forward to my future as a statistical programmer in the pharmaceutical industry."
Matt (programmer)

"To be honest, if somebody had told me back when I was an even younger lad that "when I was older" I would be a biostatistician there would’ve been a number of sequential reactions:
1. A bio wha…?
2. What’s a bio-statistican…?
3. Possible laughter, an explanation of where that thought could be put, or a combination of both."

Nick (statistician)

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