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Pharmacologist Job Description, Career as a Pharmacologist, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: Advanced degrees

Salary: Average—$91,407 to $118,828 per year

Employment Outlook: Very good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Pharmacologists are research scientists who develop, identify, and test drugs to cure, treat, and prevent disease. They also test substances, such as gases, dusts, or food colorings, to determine if they are harmful. They often study the effects of drugs and other substances on laboratory animals, such as guinea pigs and monkeys.

Among the many areas of specialization are clinical pharmacology, which involves testing drugs on human beings; neuropharmacology, which analyzes the effect of drugs on the nervous system; and chemotherapy, the development and study of drugs that kill cancer cells, germs, or viruses without destroying healthy cells. Toxicologists study poisonous drugs and other substances, such as chemicals and air pollutants, that have harmful effects.

The majority of pharmacologists spend their time in laboratories, although many also teach. Pharmacologists work in private industry, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

Education and Training Requirements

Bachelor's degrees, including courses in sciences and mathematics, are required to enter pharmacology programs. Graduate study includes theoretical courses and laboratory research, resulting in doctorates in pharmacology. Pharmacologists must have both doctorates and medical degrees to conduct clinical testing on humans. Some medical schools have special programs that offer both degrees.

Getting the Job

Graduates can apply directly to drug companies, universities, hospitals, or government agencies. School placement offices and professional associations usually have lists of job openings.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Most pharmacologists advance by continuing their education. They often become experts in one area of pharmacology or lead research teams or university departments.

The employment outlook for pharmacologists is very good through the year 2010. The projected increase in the middle-aged and elderly populations should increase the demand for trained professionals in all of the life sciences. Scientific advances that make more drug products available—and require more testing—should create many new jobs for pharmacologists.

Working Conditions

Pharmacologists usually spend long hours in laboratories and research libraries. Their meticulous work usually gives them great personal satisfaction.

Where to Go for More Information

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3995
(301) 634-7060
http://www.aspet.org

American Board of Clinical Pharmacology
PO Box 40278
San Antonio, TX 78229-1278
(210) 567-8505
http://www.abcp.net

Earnings and Benefits

Salaries vary depending on education, experience, and type of employment. In 2006 average earnings of experienced pharmacologists ranged from $91,407 to $118,828 per year. Benefits included paid vacations and holidays, health insurance, and retirement plans.

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over 5 years ago

Pharmacologist Job Description, Career as a Pharmacologist, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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about 6 years ago

respected sir,

i have done ph d clinical pharmacology at the age of 55 last nov 2010.rather in my own d eptt where i have served the clinical pharmacology for the last 28 yrs. i want to bcome sr resident but the authorities hesitate to give

it to me. they want to see eligibility from mci india when our deptt is recognised for the award of ph d why they dont give me is not understandable.the topic of my phd was variability in systemic pk of amitriptyline by blood pressure alterations in patients of depressions: a pd based pk analysis model. it is a great news that u listen to others plz reply me

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about 10 years ago

i would like to know what courses you must take in order to be a pharmacologist. If you are going to specifically study clinical pharmacology

what degrees do you need. and how much school is needed.

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about 9 years ago

Days and hours are typically 9-5 M-F. That being said due to the nature of the work days often fluctuate in terms of hours and days worked. Ie. if working with cell cultures you can expect to be in the lab on the weekends fairly often.

Earning depends on education and experience and country of employement.

School requires a B.Sc. followed by a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Pharmacology = 6 - 8 years of school.

Travel depends on your position but often occurs for conferences and such.

Good courses are organic chemistry, molecular biology (heavy), enzymology, analytical chemistry, a laboratory techniques course or some kind of instrumental course.

Clinical pharmacology requires a Medical degree and a Pharmacology degree. Clinical pharmacology would be 8 years min. in school

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almost 9 years ago

I'm curently studying a bachelors degree in pharmacology and I just wanted to know whether law schools will accept this instead of pre-law?

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almost 10 years ago

Can someone tell me what days and hours pharmacologists work?

How much they earn?

How money years of school you need?

Do you have to travel? If so for what reasons?

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almost 9 years ago

very useful information about Pharmacology....

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over 6 years ago

hey in future pharmacology would in be greater side, lots of research are increasing day by day, better choose cology those who like animal handling etc.

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over 7 years ago

Greetings! I am currently studying towards Pharmacology.I am doing a Bsc in Medical Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.I was wondering if there are any bursaries offered by you guys for upcomming, passionate Pharmacologists to study internationally!

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about 9 years ago

What if you just want to be a pharmacist, that interacts with people alot?

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over 6 years ago

This article was not written by a PHD pharmacologist. The outlook is great for PharmD, not PhD's! You will work long hours with very few options & low salary relative to your level of training. PharmD make more money, have significantly more options, and spend much less time in school (PharmD=4 yrs; PhD=5-6 yrs plus 3-5 yrs post-doc (9-11 yrs training) & you often rely on grants for salary)

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almost 9 years ago

bachelors (probably chemistry or biology), take the PCAT, apply to pharmacy schools become PharmD in about total of 6 years. PharmD and PhD are not equivalent. There is a PhD in pharmacy as well. PhD is highest degree that one can earn. By the way, the demand for pharmacist is sky high! Pharmacologist demand is high as well. I am a Phd pharmacology student and I plan on becoming a licensed pharmacist as well. Best of both worlds.

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over 5 years ago

respected sir,
i have done m pharm in pharmcology in india can i get any jobs in us uk singapore london please inform me sir please

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almost 6 years ago

i wnt to know if it is possible to study medicine nd still be a pharmacologist

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over 6 years ago

if you are a pharmacologist want do you need to be that and how does it work i am trying to discovered it but i"m having a hard time.

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over 6 years ago

if you are a pharmacologist want do you need to be that and how does it work i am trying to discovered it but i"m having a hard time.

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about 7 years ago

Hi,i have completed my B-pharmacy from india and willing to do a masters degree in Pharmacology.Can u please guide me what course exactly within pharmacology is blooming.can u also provide me some information about the upcoming courses in pharma field which are very useful..thnk you..

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over 7 years ago

Hello i am presently studying a bachelor degree in zoology.Is it possible for me to study for my masters programme in pharmacology when am through with my degree in zoology

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over 4 years ago

what is procedure for mpharm in australia

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almost 5 years ago

Sir, I am a student of Pharmacy having a B.Pharm(Hons.) with cGPA 3.39 and M.Pharm in Clinical Pharmacology with cGPA of 3.91. I would like to get specialist consultation about my job arena. I would what kind of job I could get hospitals and for that what should be my study arena. Thank you.

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almost 5 years ago

Sir, I am a student of Pharmacy having a B.Pharm(Hons.) with cGPA 3.39 and M.Pharm in Clinical Pharmacology with cGPA of 3.91. I would like to get specialist consultation about my job arena. I would what kind of job I could get hospitals and for that what should be my study arena. Thank you.

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almost 5 years ago

Sir, I am a student of Pharmacy having a B.Pharm(Hons.) with cGPA 3.39 and M.Pharm in Clinical Pharmacology with cGPA of 3.91. I would like to get specialist consultation about my job arena. I would what kind of job I could get hospitals and for that what should be my study arena. Thank you.

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about 6 years ago

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about 7 years ago

Hey everybody! i need some help, im going into my 3rd year in high school and i am starting to look for colleges that i can go to, to become a pharmacist. Also i need some info on the job duties and the education. Thanks for all the help! bye.

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about 5 years ago

Respected sir ,
Myself Rahul mk. i had done Msc in medical Pharmacology from Kmc Mangalore .Currently i am working as a tutor in a medical college. Sir i would like to know what all jobs can we get with this Msc degree .please assist me regarding this.

Hopefully
Thank you

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over 5 years ago

Hello everyone. I am currently working towards my Bachelor's in biology and I would like to know once I get into the graduate program for Pharmacology, what should be my steps of becoming a clinical pharmacologist? Thank you in advance!

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over 6 years ago

i worked for kc medical hospital

i graduated from drew high and medical school and i also have a medical degree i science

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over 4 years ago

what is procedure for mpharm in australia

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over 5 years ago

respected sir,
i have done m pharm in pharmcology in india can i get any jobs in us uk singapore london please inform me sir please

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almost 5 years ago

Sir, I am a student of Pharmacy having a B.Pharm(Hons.) with cGPA 3.39 and M.Pharm in Clinical Pharmacology with cGPA of 3.91. I would like to get specialist consultation about my job arena. I would what kind of job I could get hospitals and for that what should be my study arena. Thank you.

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almost 5 years ago

Sir, I am a student of Pharmacy having a B.Pharm(Hons.) with cGPA 3.39 and M.Pharm in Clinical Pharmacology with cGPA of 3.91. I would like to get specialist consultation about my job arena. I would what kind of job I could get hospitals and for that what should be my study arena. Thank you.