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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KEY 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

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

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Research

  • Academia

  • A team player, work well in lab-based group settings

  • Fond of research based fields in healthcare

  • Work well under pressure

  • Orgainized

  • Efficient

  • Meticulous and Precise

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • The first antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming.

  • Pharmaceutical companies generate an estimated 300 billion dollars in profit per annum.

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