Jobs in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This post is part of my series: Pharmaceutical Industry for Learners of English

What is your job title? What do you do exactly? Can you write a short and effective description of your tasks? Learn verbs and collocations below.

Do you do any of these jobs?

Medical Science Liaison Validation Technician Quality Assurance Associate Documentation Specialist
Regulatory affairs officer Packaging Operator Sales Representative Manufacturing Technician

Can you match these jobs to the following descriptions…

  1. _______________ – is responsible for studying scientific and legal documents, ensuring compliance with regulations set by authorities, and obtaining marketing permission.
  2. _______________ –sells an organization’s product, builds relationships with pharmacists and doctors, maintain records, and keeps in depth knowledge of the company’s product.
  3. _______________ – works in a manufacturing environment, run and maintain factory equipment and assembly processes, monitor and check the product quality and document results in strict adherence to protocols.
  4. _______________ – responsible for taking the finished product of a manufacturing process and ensuring that it is packaged in line with company and industry standards, making it ready for sale or distribution.
  5. _______________ – is the individual responsible for the writing, distribution, collection, storage, and maintenance of a company’s documentation. In highly regulated industries, these activities are a requirement for regulatory compliance.
  6. _______________ – monitors and records results from processes and procedures within manufacturing industries. Results are continually compared to predetermined expected ranges and any deviation from expected results leads to corrective measures.
  7. _______________ – works as part of the validation team to measure and analyze the manufacturing process, audit and calibrate equipment and create a document trail that shows the process leads to a consistent result. This ensures that the product is consistently of the highest quality.
  8. _______________ – develops partnerships with investigators, opinion leaders and healthcare professionals scientific, utilize evidence-based

Contribute to the discussion:

Is your job not mentioned above? If you make a post with your job title and saying what you do, I will help you by helping you write an effective job description like the examples above.


Why do Clinical Trials Fail? (Pharmaceutical Industry For Learners of English)

Do you work or are interested in the pharmaceutical industry? Do you need to develop language skills related to clinical trials? This article would be perfect for you.

Lesson Focus: Clinical trials, study planning and design.

The article linked here ( is published in a scientific journal.

Learning tasks:

  1. Read the abstract. Can you predict what the article will be about?
  2. Study the titles within the article. What do they tell you? What interesting words do you find?
  3. Choose an area that you’re interested in:
    1. Find adverbs and linking phrases that connect the ideas.
    2. Find words that make word partnerships (collocations) with these words: clinical trials, patients, criteria.

Consider these ideas after reading:

Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry spends an average of $2.5 billion US to develop one drug? Can you see any ways to reduce these costs?

Can you imagine any ways that tasks can be automated to reduce drug development costs?

What are the human elements involved in drug development? Can taking them into consideration reduce study costs? Why or why not?

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