Pharmacological Chemist

Pharmacological chemists are professionals who conduct research with the purpose of evaluating the chemical make-up of substances that can be used for pharmaceutical purposes. They study how both synthetic and natural materials can potentially be used to develop new medications. During the course of conducting experiments they perform both quantitative and qualitative analyses in order to determine the exact content of materials and the potential uses of materials both for developing consumer products or for improving products that are already on the market. Pharmacological chemists carry out much of their work independently so they must be highly self-motivated to solve problems and able to work without supervision. However they must also be collegial because some of their work is conducted by teams and they often have to collaborate with others in writing reports that advise their employers as to the usefulness of various materials for specific purposes. To be competent at their jobs they must be skilled at applying mathematics to the solution of problems they must be attentive to detail and it is imperative that they be able to communicate their research findings in a form that can be understood by others. Pharmaceutical chemists are not only employed by corporations that develop drugs but also at companies that manufacture cosmetics perfumes and consumables. The website www.samplejobdescriptions.org says that pharmacological chemists need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related science and ideally they should have one or more years of experience working in a pharmaceutical laboratory. According to the website www.cbsalary.com pharmaceutical chemists in the United States earn an average annual salary of approximately $56400.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $56400
High Salary: $66400
Low Salary: $46400
Tasks: Conducts pharmaceutical research.
Leads experiments for the development of medications.
Analyzes research findings.
Works in a laboratory setting.
Also Called: Pharmaceutical Scientist
Pharmacologist
Biochemist
Biophysicist
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http://www.cbsalary.com/national-salary-chart.aspx?specialty=Pharmaceutical+Chemist&cty=&sid=&kw=Pharmaceutical&jn=jn049&edu=&tid=29472