By Bob Betzig, Pfizer Inc.
Over the next decade, it’s predicted that modern manufacturing will need to fill more than 3.5 million innovative, highly skilled jobs. These are jobs for creative thinkers and doers who want to invent their own future and shape the world, use advanced skills to make the next big thing, and earn a good salary with opportunities for career progress.
I believe there has never been a more exciting time to start or grow a career in manufacturing, especially in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The U.S. biopharmaceutical industry alone is responsible for 4.5 million jobs with more professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics than any other industry in America.
I am proud to work for Pfizer, an American company that is dedicated to making high-quality, life-saving medicines right here in the U.S., with the skill and know-how of American workers. Founded in New York in 1849, Pfizer’s long heritage of manufacturing includes important innovation milestones such as the mass production of life-saving penicillin during World War II.
The Pfizer Global Supply team includes skilled tradespeople, production colleagues, line operators, process engineers, quality control professionals, chemists and countless others – all committed to manufacturing medicines and making them available to patients whenever and wherever they are needed. At Pfizer, science in manufacturing is equally important to the science represented in today’s breakthrough medicines. Creative, new technical processes are being developed every day to ensure that discoveries that start in the lab are ultimately delivered to doctors and patients everywhere.
Underscoring this commitment, Pfizer has invested $2.1 billion over the last 5 years in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the U.S. to produce medicines and vaccines that help people in 175 countries across the globe. This important work is made possible through Pfizer’s 12,000 American manufacturing colleagues, who take pride in their work and how they are helping to improve the health and lives of people around the world.
Our innovation engine requires new talent to keep improving on how we bring medicines to people who need them most, and we have added more than 1,200 new jobs at Pfizer in towns across the U.S. over the past two years. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, we are currently seeking young and experienced professionals across more than 200 career opportunities, including:
- Skilled trades, including instrument technicians, HVAC/R mechanics and machine repair mechanics
- Engineers across a number of disciplines, including chemical, automation, industrial and maintenance
- Project managers
- Production operators
- Quality assurance and quality control professionals
- Manufacturing support scientists
At Pfizer, professional development is one of the most important business investments, so we are committed to providing high quality, well-paying jobs with excellent benefits, as well as extensive professional training, certifications and one of the best apprenticeship programs of its kind in the U.S. We look for candidates with a passion for excellence, fundamental skills, strong values, and prior experience or interest to work in a highly regulated industry that requires a compliance mindset.
With 3.5 million jobs on the horizon, American manufacturing represents great promise for our economy, our society, our families, and the hard working men and women who are driving important innovations forward. There is no time like today to seize the opportunity to create the future of tomorrow.
Bob Betzig is the site leader – Kalamazoo, Mich., for Pfizer Global Supply, Pfizer Inc. To learn more about what it’s like to work in manufacturing at Pfizer, visit www.creatorswanted.org and http://www.pfizer.com/careers/.