Pharmaceutical quality assurance managers are responsible for inspecting pharmaceutical devices, drugs and other products and assuring that they meet product specifications. They may supervise quality control technicians. Pharmaceutical quality assurance managers review the effectiveness of the product and analyze statistical data related to product efficacy and safety and then create reports of their findings and conduct presentations to explain the results to coworkers, other scientists and the public. People in this line of work need to know how to operate devices such as spectrometers to test the quality of medications. They also use sophisticated computer programs to input, review and analyze collected data. They may work with clinical research coordinators, biological scientists and medical researchers.
To become a pharmaceutical quality assurance manager, a bachelor's degree is the typical education required. People who have earned a master's degree or doctorate in pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, management and related fields may be able to climb the career ladder faster than those with a bachelor's degree.
According to statistics, the job outlook for pharmaceutical quality assurance manager jobs is expected to grow by 6 percent between 2012 and 2022. This rate of growth is slower than the national average for all jobs. Automation and the use of highly technical statistical analysis programs may be responsible for the slower pace of growth in these jobs. Most job openings will be due to those leaving the workforce for retirement or career changes.
Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Manager Salary
The median annual salary of pharmaceutical quality assurance managers was $88,600 in 2012. The lowest earning salary was $53,900. Those with advanced degrees and more experience may earn wages higher than the median, with $150,600 as the highest earning salary.