are defined as medicinal drugs that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) or other regulatory bodies and are manufactured by pharmaceutical
companies. Pharmaceutical scientists are typically involved in the development of new drugs:
discovery, drug delivery systems, drug absorption and distribution, metabolism, and elimination
characteristics. They spend most of their time doing research in a laboratory or office setting.
On the other hand, pharmacists work with existing drugs, patients, and other healthcare
practitioners to optimize patient care and drug use. They often work face-to-face with
physicians (drug selection and use) and patients (best use of medications).
(commonly referred to as biotech) is the use of biological research techniques to
develop products and processes based on genetically manipulated compounds from living
organisms. At the most fundamental level, biotech is the applied knowledge of biology and
seeks to duplicate or change the function of a living cell so it will work in a more predictable and
controllable manner. Currently, the most common applications of biotech can be found within
medicine and agriculture, as well as within industrial process and environmental undertakings.
The biotech and pharmaceutical industries are very similar with the main difference being that
biotech firms are typically more centered on research as they are continuing to develop their
Positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are posted on an as needed basis. Typically, organizations recruit for entry level positions most heavily in September – October and again in February – March.
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