Health Care Product Development Analytical Services
Procter and Gamble
Chemistry, Colgate University
Analytical Chemistry, Iowa State University
in Analytical Chemistry
"There are many,
many things that you will be unprepared for, as far as what you
learned in college and what you need to know on the job, but you
will pick that up as you go along."
I'm an analytical
chemist, and I work in health care product development. I'm basically a
problem-solver on a big scale. I work in what are called OTC or over the
counter pharmaceuticals, primarily. Things like toothpaste, bulk fiber
laxatives, stomach remedies, and those sorts of products. We have product
development activities, wherein we might be assisting a product
development team to, make a formulation more stable, make it less
irritating, do something to help guide a formulation effort.
From the standpoint of the fact that I'm on the technical career path, I
don't manage large numbers of people or deal with extensive administrative
and budget issues, but I do have a lot of relationships with people who
work for me in the technical sense, and so each one of them is different.
And so even though I don't spend a huge percentage of my own time in the
lab, I am very definitely deeply involved in the technical issues, because
of all the relationships that I have with these people.
There are many, many things that you will be unprepared for, as far as
what you learned in college and what you need to know on the job, but you
will pick that up as you go along. There are just things that you're not
taught in either college or graduate school. For instance, one of the
things is personal interrelationships in terms of subordinate/manager type
situations or how do deal with budgeting and spending money wisely and
those sorts of things. It's rare that a chemistry major would be exposed
to that. And those are the kinds of things that you need to learn.