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Pharmaceutical Technology

Pharmaceutical Technology is a broad field connected to any part of the process of designing, producing, and marketing pharmaceuticals. Basically this field comes under Chemical engineering and is involved in the discovery, design and development of parts and products within pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical Technology utilizes the concept of both biology and biochemistry to design, develop, and manufacture pharmaceutical drugs. Those who work in this field are referred as Pharmaceutical Engineers.

Pharmaceutical engineers design, construct, maintain and operate the technology used to research and manufacture pharmaceutical drugs. Engineers work alongside chemists and pharmacists to research and develop active pharmaceutical ingredients, and then formulate it into the product that a patient takes. Right from designing the product up to packing, pharmaceutical engineers are required at every level of a pharmaceutical organization. Hence, Pharmaceutical engineers must be knowledgeable in areas such as product development, production facilities, processes and equipment, supply chain management, quality control and regulatory compliance. In addition, Pharmaceutical engineers ensure safety at both personal and environmental level. The pharmaceutical sector offers huge scope for engineers to work in the development and manufacture of drugs. As this is a field based on health and medicine, it always ensures job security and is not affected by market fluctuations.

Eligibility

An undergraduate engineering degree is the minimum requirement to become a pharmaceutical engineer. Only a handful of schools offer bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical technology so many enter the field with a Chemical or Industrial engineering degree. The minimum eligibility criterion for undergraduate programs B.Tech in Pharmaceutical Technology is 10+2 pass with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as mandatory subjects.

Job Prospects

From the time medications have become a necessity and are required round the year, this industry has plenty to offer both to fresh graduates and experts. There are a wide variety of careers for engineers to work in each sector of the pharmaceutical industry including research of new drugs and drug delivery systems, scale-up process, manufacturing, labeling and packaging, facility design, management, sales, and education.

A pharmaceutical engineer can easily get employed in pharmaceutical industry, in R&D labs, designing quality drugs for diseases, production and quality systems, biomedical industries. They can find jobs in biopharmaceutical plants, biotechnological plants and Pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. GlaxoSmithKline, Lupin, Dabur Pharma, Ranbaxy Labs, Merck and Cipla are some of the prominent pharmaceutical companies that employ pharmaceutical engineers. Nowadays cosmetic industry needs people from this area of technology. Pharmaceutical engineers also have an option of teaching in colleges/ universities.