Career, Scope and Opportunities in Pharmacy

By | October 14, 2020
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In the field of Pharmacy health sciences and chemical sciences get merged up, to form pharmaceutical drugs. This subject comprises a wide array of medicines, herbals, drugs and therapeutic substances processed and manufactured for relief purpose, cure of ailments, diseases and well being of human beings. Pharmacist is a person who possesses an intimate knowledge of drugs and he/she is an important member of a health care system.


Key to Success

To be successful in Pharmacy you should have/ develop:

  •   Above average intelligence
  •   Capacity for original thoughts
  •   Perseverance
  •   Attention to detail
  •   Going to the bottom of the problem
  •   Constantly acquiring knowledge

Scope and Opportunities

With growing hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and firms, medical pharmacists, retail pharmacists, industrial pharmacists and research pharmacist, are options one can opt for.  Pharmaceutical industry, government departments, universities, teaching hospitals, investigation and research institute need a large number of pharmacists etc. Working in pharmaceutical industry might involve in activities relating to the development, formulation, production or marketing of new drugs for clinical use.

Lifestyle & Social Status

  • It’s mostly an indoor activity
  • Working in labs.

Job Profile

  • Managing pharmacy operations, employing and supervising staff, performing administrative duties, and buying and selling non-pharmaceutical merchandise.
  • Teach pharmacy students.
  • Review prescriptions and monitor their progress.
  • Counsel and advice about drug interactions, side effects, dosage and proper medication storage.
  • Order and purchase pharmaceutical supplies, medical supplies, drugs, maintaining and storing stock, handling it properly, etc.

Skill set

  •  Critical Thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Communication skills
  • Persuasion

Work Value

  • Challenging
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Meet new people
  • No monotony in work
  • Innovation

Current Job Scenario

Pharmaceutical industry offers careers from sales and marketing to high-end specialist R&D jobs. Depending on the extent of study and the area you specialize in (pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and hospital pharmacy or quality assurance). One can opt for research in his/her area of expertise. Research openings are growing in India. Doctoral and post-doctoral qualifications find challenging approach in R & D labs abroad. Besides, drug manufacturing industry, pharmacists are also hired in the chemical industry and food and drug control organizations some find medical sales representatives too. Entrepreneur can own chemist shop or even go into manufacturing of drugs or cosmetics. A diploma-holder is qualified to obtain a license for manufacturing cosmetics and for repackaging of drugs

Top Recruiters

  • Biocon
  • Serum Institute of India
  • Nicholas Piramal
  • Wockhadrt Limited
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Zydus Cadila

Course Synopsis

Course Options Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)
Academic Eligibility 10+2 with PCMB 10+2 PCMB Bachelor of Pharmacy
Fees Rs. 20,000 to Rs.50,000 Rs. 2.50  Lakhs to Rs. 3.50 Lakhs Rs. 2.00  Lakhs to Rs. 2.50 Lakhs
Overall expenditure in Metro Rs. 2 Lakhs to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs Rs. 2 Lakhs to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs Rs. 2 Lakhs to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs
Overall expenditure in Tier-1 Rs. 1.25 – Rs. 1.75 Lakhs Rs. 1.25 – Rs. 1.75 Lakhs Rs. 1.25 – Rs. 1.75 Lakhs
Overall expenditure in Tier-2 Rs. 70K – Rs. 1.1 Lakhs Rs. 70K – Rs. 1.1 Lakhs Rs. 70K – Rs. 1.1 Lakhs
Duration 2 Years 4 Years 2 Years
Mode Regular Regular Regular
Affiliation Technical Board Respective University Respective University
Entrance Exam   State wise entrance exams, AIEEE (for degree courses)  
Education Loan      

Career prospect

  1. Chemist
  2. Medical Representative
  3. Pharmacist
  4. Pharma research
  5. Hospital/clinic
  6. Home healthcare facilities
  7. Armed services
  8. Public health service

Entrance Exam

  • Most of the state have their own entrance exam for B.Pharmacy
  • Some of them are listed below:
  1. Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET)
  2. Birla Institute of Technology Science Admission Test
  3. Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET or MAHA-CET)
  4. Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination
  5. Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET)

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