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Pharmacology is the study of drugs and how they affect the body. To be a pharmacologist requires a solid knowledge of the biological sciences, and also of mathematics, chemistry, and many aspects of medicine.
Note the difference between the studies of pharmacy and pharmacology: Courses in pharmacy are geared towards equipping graduates with licenses to dispense prescription medicines in pharmacies, or to become a pharmacist. Pharmacology courses focus more on research, teaching students to investigate the effects of chemical compounds and to come up with ways of creating remedies for the many physical and mental ailments which affect people and animals today.
In order to enter a master's program in pharmacology, one must have a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry. A Ph.D. program is inherently a research degree. Another route into a career as a pharmacologist is from one of the health professions. Earning a degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy, or completing a combined M.D./Ph.D. program will often be the path into a clinically oriented branch of pharmacology.
The career trajectory of people with a Pharmacology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Pharmacology degrees have experience in is Pharmacist, followed by Scientist, Pharmacy Technician, Biochemist, Microbiologist, Doctor, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Chemist, Geneticist, and Biologist.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Representative||NA||NA||NA|
Pharmacology graduates earn on average $45k, putting them in the 70th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$40k|
|Median (average earners)||$45k|
|75th (top earners)||$45k|
Pharmacology graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||44%|