Created on June 17, 2023
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Studying the effects of drugs and other chemical substances on cells, animals, and humans.
Day to day tasks can include:
The job prospects in healthcare are strong, with pharmacologists expecting a 17% growth in employment between 2020 and 2030. This is significantly higher than the average predicted job growth of 8% for all jobs.
To become a qualified pharmacologist, you must have a bachelor's degree in pharmacology or in a closely related field like biochemistry.
To apply for a pharmacology degree, you will need at least 4 or 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*- C) or equivalent including Maths, English and Science. And 3 A-Levels or equivalent including biology and chemistry.
• Designing, setting up and carrying out experiments. • Analysing data using complex equipment and measuring systems. • Testing drugs on cells in labs and through clinical trials • Making recommendations using the results of research to develop new products and manufacturing processes. • Testing the safety of manufactured products.
Skills and attributes
- Research skills are important to have for pharmacologists, so they need the ability to gather, analyse and understand data.
- Communication skills are important for them as they may often be required to work with different medical professionals effectively and sometimes they may have to work with non-medical professionals and will need to simplify technical jargon.
- Research can take a long time therefore it is also necessary to have high time management skills along with organisational skills.
- Scientific and mathematical skills are vital as pharmacologists spend a lot of time in laboratories and analysing data.