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Pharmacist Career Information

What a Pharmacist does

Abilities & Traits Required


As far as the academic qualifications go, a CBSE or equivalent with an aggregate 50 per cent marks in science are required. Apart from this, budding pharmacists have to go through a qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. In some places, you also have maths as an additional subject.

The Bachelor's course (B Pharma) takes four years to complete. Another two years and you get a Master's (M Pharma) in pharmacy.

Diploma holders are usually offered the position of a pharmacist. Degree holders get jobs either in production or as medical representatives. They can also opt for retail.

Master's and Doctorate degrees lead to employment as research scientists or lecturers/professors in pharmacy colleges.

You can specialise in Clinical Pharmacology (effects of drugs on skin) or Toxicology (effects of poisonous substances on living organisms). If you do well you have a chance to work as researchers.

Another interesting field is pharmaceutical management as there is a dearth of professional marketing and management driven approach in the Indian pharmacy industry.

Graduates can take up a course in pharmaceutical management from recognized universities. Entrance tests and group discussions comprise the filtering process.


In this field your pay will actually depend on the organisation you work for.

Research scientists can expect anything between Rs 25000-60000 per month.

Medical representatives can take home Rs 40000-50000 a month plus incentives.

Hospital pharmacists get Rs 25000-35000 a month, whereas government jobs pay Rs 25000-35000 per month (basic), plus some other allowances and benefits as per government rules.

Experienced nurses with specialisation command a better salary in the private job market, i.e. the clinics, corporate hospitals, etc. Private nurses, who work on 12-hour shifts and devote all attention to one patient, are also paid well.

Most nurses get fringe benefits like paid vacation, sick leave, health and retirement benefits, dental and vision insurance.

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