Pharmacologists

To evaluate the effects of different substances on the body, pharmacologists prepare and guide studies. They can create new drugs and research them, or investigate the interactions between different drugs. Their job responsibilities can include conducting research to standardise medication doses, planning research grants, and analysing clinical trial results.

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Soft Skills

  • Strong IT skills for data analysis and interpretation

  • Laboratory skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Analytical thinking

  • Knowledge about chemicals, toxins and their safe disposal

  • Communication skills

  • Detail oriented

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Pros

  • Good opportunities for job growth and security

  • Steady, consistent work hours

  • Less stressful than other medical professions

  • Contribute to improving healthcare, with minimal-to-no patient interaction

  • Highly specialised- neuropharmacology, clinical pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, etc

Cons

  • Long study duration

  • Experimental work can be difficult, would have to deal with harmful chemicals and toxic materials

  • Requires extensive knowledge and skills

  • Highly competitive

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