Military careers

A world of ways to make a difference in patient health. What path will you pursue?

Helping people live healthier lives. It’s a privilege that we at AstraZeneca don’t take lightly. Working with us, you’ll receive all the tools, training and technology you need to launch a successful career with a leading player in the global pharma field.

Featured opportunities:

If you come from a military background you’ll always be welcome at AstraZeneca. Every day we take on the challenges that cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammatory and autoimmune disease throws at us. And we need military people who not only understand the challenges we face, but are committed to our cause.

If you’ve got what it takes, we’ll provide industry-leading training programs that will help you develop your skills and succeed. You’ll grow within an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture and connect with people across our global business. There’s plenty of opportunity here and we hire in areas such as Gaithersburg, MD, Waltham, MA and field locations nationally.

We’re looking for military veterans holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. In addition to strong leadership, organizational and communication skills, you should also possess the ability to learn, analyze and convey complex information – all while making sound decisions.

To learn more, please visit our job search page to find out more about US sales openings in your area.

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Top jobs for military veterans:

  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives
  • District Sales Managers
  • Medical Science Liaison
  • Medical Affairs Leaders
  • Senior Scientists

AstraZeneca's Military Awards

2016 Military-Friendly Employer Recognition

This list is based on a survey which assesses a company’s long-term commitment to hiring former military, recruiting and hiring efforts and results, retention efforts policies for Reserve/Guard members called to active duty, and the presence of special recruitment military programs.

Patriot Award

This prestigious award is given to managers who strongly demonstrate support for employee service in the National Guard and Reserve. After an initial nomination process, the award is presented on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) organization.

Freedom Award

AstraZeneca is one of 15 employers nationwide to receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

How does my Military experience fit into Corporate America?

When thinking about our six leadership capabilities, consider sharing examples of your experience in the following areas:

People Management: Team leadership, team responsibility, conducting employee performance appraisals, setting professional development goals, setting professional development goals, managing training needs, administering on the spot counseling in order to reinforce goals and improve individual performance

Ability to Adapt: Being deployed for work, changes in missions, remaining deployed for a longer period of time, changing roles without much transition time, getting up to speed quickly on a new task

Taking Accountability: Responsibility and maintenance of costly equipment/property, responsibility for people/team, taking initiative, taking reasonable risks

Staying Focused: Completion of missions, sharing/receiving guidance, working within ambiguity, working in challenging environments, working with lack of tools, perseverance for success, thinking outside of the box

International Assignments: Experience/training with various cultures

Technical Skill Set: Mechanic, electrician, civil engineer, database administrator, satellite operator, physical therapist, human resources, lawyers, warehouse manager, pilot, food service, financial specialist – etc.

AstraZeneca is a military veteran-friendly employer.

Employee Testimonials

"The biggest obstacle I faced in my transition from my military experience to the workplace was the comfort and the need to go outside my chain of command in accomplishing an objective while demonstrating my value to others at the same time. My many mentors and supervisors, at AstraZeneca, helped me overcome these obstacles by getting me outside my comfort zone and helping me focus on effective collaboration and open communication. The AZ Leadership Capabilities have served as my "field manual" for accomplishing these goals while guiding my thinking and actions. They are pivotal."

Charles Kirk Commercial, AstraZeneca

"Thanks to AstraZeneca my military background has given me a whole new career where I know I’m making a huge contribution to the health and well-being to people across the globe. What could be more rewarding and satisfying?"

Tanya Wetsch Sales, AstraZeneca

"It is an honor to team up with individuals whose very lives demonstrate the commitment, discipline and focus it takes to be successful in a worthwhile endeavor. AstraZeneca values and welcomes the goal oriented Leadership skills these men and women bring to the table. They have proven to be invaluable. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside those whom have given their utmost for our country."

Blair Foster Sales, AstraZeneca

"Through the experience of serving our country, Veterans have developed a work ethos and discipline that can’t be taught. These intangibles are some of the qualities that will make you successful. Put your problem solving skills and creativity to work and embark on a new career at AstraZeneca."

KC Hummons Sales, AstraZeneca

Real success starts with the right support.

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at AstraZeneca, from our research of effective new medicines right down to how we run our business. We are an organization that believes genuine job satisfaction comes not just from helping others, but from the way we – as a company – help our employees. And this philosophy extends to our military veterans as well. AstraZeneca is involved with various military groups nationwide that support and make a difference in the lives of our military men and women. Our participation includes:

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency and no-cost resource that recognizes supportive employers, informs service members and employers about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and provides conflict mediation services. As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR continues to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors. Visit to learn more about this impactful organization.

In March 2011, 11 founding corporations launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission with the goal of collectively hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since the program’s inception, membership has more than quadrupled to 50 companies, resulting in the collective hiring of more than 12,179 veterans (as of March 31, 2012). Together, coalition members are finding the benefit of working with other like-minded companies that are equally committed to hiring veterans. But that’s not all – they are also sharing lessons learned and best practices in recruiting, hiring, training, assimilating and retaining new employee veterans. For more information about available positions or to join the mission, please visit

The AstraZeneca Military Support Community is one of our many Employee Network Groups. It is a voluntary association comprised of employees who are in the Reserve Forces, have family members in the military or are veterans. The goal is to provide support and build a sense of community among employees with military ties while minimizing the impact of military service on families.