Pharmacologists conduct research on both animals and humans with the intent of discovering how chemical compounds interact with biological systems. They focus on both the beneficial effects and the potentially harmful effects that such compounds may have on the body’s vital organs and systems. This information can then be used to develop new drugs that cure treat or prevent illnesses tumors cancers and other ailments. Much of the work pharmacologists do takes place in a laboratory where they work as members of a scientific research team that designs and conducts chemical experiments. Their research findings are complied and analyzed and results sometimes end up being published as reports in scientific journals. Pharmacologists must be adept at using computers and high technology systems to collect analyze and interpret complex data. They must keep up to date by reading relevant scientific literature and attending scientific conferences where they both give and listen to talks on the latest scientific developments. Pharmacologists work at universities but they are also employed by pharmaceutical companies hospitals and government agencies. Aspiring pharmacologists must first earn a bachelor’s degree but most pharmacology jobs require an advanced degree such as a Ph.D. in chemistry or biological science or a doctorate in pharmacology (Pharm. D.) which consists of a four-year program of study following the bachelor’s degree. According to the website www.education.com the employment outlook for the pharmacology profession is very good and earnings depend on education employer and experience. However the average annual salary for experienced pharmacologists ranges from approximately $91500 to approximately $119000.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Researches how drugs work.
Works to develop new drugs.
Helps to conduct clinical drug trials.
Analyzes results of clinical tests.
|Also Called:||Chemical Researcher