Sir, i am pursuing B.Pharma final year.What career option should i opt for PG apart from MBA, M.Pharma to get good salary in future or can i start my career immediately after doing B.Pharma
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CAREERS IN PHARMACY
Traditionally a qualification in Pharmacy was associated with a lifetime career as a
chemist. Knowledge and training in Pharmaceutics offers a wide array of career
options to the students. The programme is no longer confined to the laboratories or
classrooms and goes beyond the curriculum. The career options after the programme
are also immense.
Career options after completing B Pharm or M Pharm
1. Teaching - B Pharm - First Class students are eligible to teach as lecturers in
the D Pharm programme, where as M Pharm, First Class students can get a
lecturer’s job in pharmacy degree colleges. It takes about 5 years to reach the
grade of Sr. lecturer and about 10 years to become Assistant Professor and
about 12 years to become Professor or a Principal of a college. While in
teaching profession they can do research in pharmaceutical field and strive to
become a well-known Research Scientist.
2. Pharmacist – Being in the health-related field, the B Pharm graduate can be
Health-system Pharmacist or Hospital Pharmacist or Community Pharmacist.
3. Quality Assurance Health Manager – The Pharmacy graduate can play an
important role in the development of clinical care plans, can investigate
adverse medication events and in some cases can suggest preventive measures.
He can play a key role in spreading awareness amongst the people about AIDS
and the preventive measures to be taken.
4. Medical Transcription - The B Pharm graduate can work with medical
practitioners to maintain the patient treatment history, the drug to which
he/she is allergic etc.
5. Analytical Chemist of Quality Control Manager – The pharmacy graduate can
play a crucial role in controlling product quality. The drug and the Cosmetics
Act (1945), Rules 71(1) and 76(1) says that the manufacturing activity should be
taken up under the supervision of a technical man whose qualification should
be B Pharm, B Sc, B Tech or medicine with Bio-Chemistry.
6. Sales and Marketing – Ambitious achievers with pleasant personality and good
communication skills can opt for the job of Medical Sales Representative. The
companies prefer pharmacy graduates for this job, as they have a good
knowledge about the drug molecules, their therapeutic effects and the drug –
7. Clinical Research - B Pharm/ M Pharm degree holders can take up career in
clinical research. The human testing phase is called the clinical trial. A
pharmacist can work as clinical research associate or clinical pharmacist and
can rise to the position of project manager. The clinical research associate
plays an important role of monitoring and overseeing the conducts of clinical
trials, which are conducted on healthy human volunteers. They have to see
that the trials meet the international guidelines and the national regulatory
8. Data Manager - A pharmacist can seek employment as “Data Manager” to store
the data in the computer and process it using software developed for the
9. Regulatory Manager - A pharmacy graduate can work as “Regulatory
Manager”(RM) in companies and contract research organisation. As an RM he
has to oversee regulatory documentation such as Clinical trial approval
permission, marketing approval permission etc.
10. Career in Regulatory bodies - A Pharmacist can be absorbed in the Regulatory
bodies like Food and Drug Administration. Pharmacist having experience in
clinical trial centres can also work as an inspector to inspect the clinical trial
process. For these government jobs the student needs to appear and pass the
11. Biotechnology is a fast growing branch and the B Pharm graduates can opt for
post graduate diploma programme in Bioinformatics.
12. They can handle the job of monitoring the conduct of clinical trials that are
conducted on human volunteers. It is their responsibility to see that the clinical
trials are carried out as per the international guidelines.
13. The B Pharm Science programme is considered as a paramedical programme.
The B Pharm Science graduates can therefore work in hospitals as hospital
pharmacist or community pharmacist.
14. Since they have a good knowledge of therapeutic effects of drugs and that of
drug-drug interaction, they are more suitable for a job in clinical research.
They can opt for the post of clinical pharmacist or clinical research associate in
a clinical research laboratory.
Further studies in India:To improve the job opportunity and for better placement, the value-added and
career-focused programmes offered by the different institutes are as under: -
1. MET Institute of Medical Sciences
Programmes: Post Graduate Diploma in Technical and Analytical Chemistry and Post
Graduate Diploma Pharmaceutical Business Management
Tel: +91 22 26440096 /57
Toll free: 1800-22-0234
This is the only government-recognised programme in Mumbai and till date it has
recorded 100% success in placements at prominent corporates.
2. Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Pune
3. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed University)
Further studies abroad:
One may even consider venturing into pursuing higher studies abroad in order to make
their careers even more lucrative and challenging.
1. USA - One may consider opting for pursuing higher studies abroad. After
graduation from a recognised university, the students can appear for their GRE
(Graduate Record Examination) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
Language) for entry into foreign universities. US universities offer assistanceship
for undergraduate programmes. Students have to apply well in advance
since visa procedure also takes time; The US visa takes around four weeks and
a visa to Australia takes around six weeks. In USA they can give “Pharmacy
Equivalent Examinations.” For example FPGEE (Foreign Pharmacist Licensure
Examination) followed by internship and then finally NAPLEX (North American
Pharmacist Licensure Examination) both these examination can be cleared in
about one year and there one can practice retail pharmacies, which are
expanding very fast in USA. In USA M Pharm plus Ph.D. is essential to enter
industry or academic institution
2. Australia - Indian students know most of the universities in USA. Very few know
and try for the postgraduate studies in Australia. University of the South
Australia is the largest university in the South Australia. There are about 300
programmes and about 10,000 International students are studying in Univ. SA.
It offers Degree in medical radiation, occupational therapy, pharmacy,
physiotherapy, environmental toxicology, etc. It is top ranking university for
innovative research linked to industry.
3. Ireland - Ireland is another ideal destination for students. There are about 400
students for postgraduate studies. The standard of universities in Ireland is
similar to UK universities Ireland is a gateway to Europe with no racism
problems. Cost of the education is much less than in UK & US. Ireland is
amongst the top five producers of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.
Contrary to popular perception, a career in pharmacy is not only challenging but
lucrative as well. No longer in a D Pharm/ B Pharm qualification looked at as a “fallback”
option for MBBS rejects, instead, one can witness a breed of young, ambitious
minds that wishes to reach newer heights in the field of Pharmaceuticals.
India is fast becoming a leading player in the global pharmaceutical
sector. So plenty of opportunities will be in the offing and good
students will be able to find jobs in the country and abroad. M.Pharm.
and Ph.D. holders are in great demand in various areas of
pharmaceutical research and development. Quality control and quality
assurance are important to the drug and pharmaceutical industry where
highly qualified pharmacy professionals are required.
Those with M.Pharm. degrees and Ph.D.s in pharmaceutical analysis or quality assurance are preferred for these jobs.
Pharma marketing offers excellent opportunities for smart pharmacy
graduates and MBA (Pharma) degree holders. M.Tech. degree holders will
also do well.
Pharmacy graduates can work as medical sales representatives.
Hospitals, medicals shops and pharma companies provide job
opportunities for qualified candidates. Those with M.Pharm. degrees and
Ph.D.s can opt for a teaching career. Jobs such as those of drug
inspectors and drug controller are also there.
Drug and pharmaceutical companies employ graduates and postgraduates and doctorate holders in pharmacy as management trainees.
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