Have you recently graduated with a degree in pharmacology? If so, you have several career opportunities ahead of you. A pharmacology career gives you an important role in the pharmaceutical industry—helping to ensure medications are both safe and effective to use. You may decide to conduct research in vitro (using just cells or body tissues) or in vivo (using whole animals). And in the pharmacology field, you can choose to specialize in any of the following areas:
- Neuropharmacology (impacting the nervous system)
- Cardiovascular pharmacology (impacting the heart and circulatory system)
- In vivo pharmacology (impacting the whole body)
- Psychopharmacology (impacting the mind and human behavior)
- Veterinary pharmacology (developing medications to treat animals)
Expected job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing accounted for 6 percent of all medical scientist positions in 2014. Medical science is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is on pace with the average rate of job growth in the United States. The need to discover medications to treat hot-button diseases such as cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s Disease is fueling this growth, as well as the need for nonantibiotic-resistant drugs.
Average annual salary expectations
As they make important contributions to the betterment of mankind, medical scientists earn a decent living. The annual average salary as of May 2014 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) for all medical scientists was $79,930, with pharmacologists specifically earning an average of $102,400 annually.
How to find a pharmacology job
When you’re ready to begin looking for a job in the pharmacology field, just consider the following search tips:
- Join an association in your field. Groups such as the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) or the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) provide networking opportunities. By joining, you can attend conferences to make contacts in the pharmacology field. You can also search the websites of these organizations for job postings.
- Get active online. You can search on career sites such as indeed.com or monster.com, or interact with employers and colleagues on LinkedIn. You never know what jobs you may come across. Also, by participating in group discussions on LinkedIn, you can increase your chances of employers or recruiters reaching out to you with job leads.
- Work with a recruiter. A staffing firm that specializes in your niche will have information about applicable job openings, helping you to gain experience—or land your dream job.
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