Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
MSLs positions have proliferated in the last several years. This role involves building relationships with key decision makers and educating healthcare providers about the latest research and treatment guidelines that impact use of the company's products. MSLs work closely with the sales and marketing teams to support the company's educational and product promotion efforts. This role involves giving one-one and group presentations. MSLs work from home and travel to meet with customers.
Clinical Research Associates (CRA)
Clinical research associates either work in the main research facility or work remotely in the field. Their main responsibility is to facilitate enrollment, data collection and provide site support for clinical trials. They give presentations, answer questions about the clinical trial, and help investigators solve problems that may impede enrollment or data collection. This role may involve travel. Nurses that have experience in research are a good fit for the CRA role.
This is a great entry point into the pharmaceutical industry. Most companies tend to prefer PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) professionals for this department but nurses can thrive in this role. These professionals develop responses and answer questions from healthcare providers and patients about the company's products. This job requires good writing, verbal communication skills, and a passion for finding answers to questions.
Drug Safety (Pharmacovigilance)
This a popular department for nurses. Drug safety collects, evaluates, and looks for signals in adverse event reports about the company's products. They are involved in clinical trials safety reporting, post marketing safety reporting, and they work closely with regulatory personnel. This is also a great entry point into the Pharmaceutical industry.
This department ensures that all the company's promotional materials are within FDA guidelines. They work closely with the sales, marketing, medical and clinical research teams to ensure compliance with FDA rules and regulations that govern many aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. Additional courses and on-the-job training will be required for this role.