A Rising Career in Pharmacy

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Author: Swati Srivastava

Pharmacy is a well-known science based Research & Development industry in India. The industry enjoys competitive advantage over western counterparts due to comparatively low cost of research involved. With liberalization of FDI in pharmaceutical sector, international pharmaceutical companies are increasingly becoming a part of Indian market.

Pharmacy industry offers various job opportunities, including:

  • Pharmacist
  • Pathological Laboratory
  • Hospital Drug Coordinator
  • Dug Therapist
  • Research Officer
  • Scientist
  • Drug Technician, etc.

In healthcare industry, pharmacists are professionals who offer healthcare services to patients. Pharmacists, popularly known as chemists or druggist are learnt professionals in the field of pharmacy, who have expert knowledge in drug uses, biochemical mechanism of drugs, monitoring parameters, and side effects.

In India, several reputed academic institutes offer courses in pharmacy. Some of them include Jamia Hamdard University, Dept. of Pharmacy, Delhi; Delhi University; Dept. of Pharmacy, Allahabad University; Hindu College of Pharmacy, Sonepat; Goa College of Pharmacy, Panaji, etc.

Education

The learning curve for a professional in pharmacy industry is large. In order to become a pharmacist, a degree in Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) or Bachelor of Pharmacy is required. Pharmacists are educated in a wide range of subjects including biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, drug delivery, anatomy, chemistry, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacy practice, among others. Additional knowledge of therapeutics, disease management, diagnosis, etc. is a part of pharmacy education.

Pharmacists are licensed to practice as healthcare practitioners in a particular region. Most of the states require specific number of hours practiced and a valid license to work as a professional pharmacist. In order to give advancement to career, certain specializations can be opted such as compounding pharmacist, drug information pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, oncology pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, and much more.

Scope & Work Role

The scope of work for pharmacist has grown more than just providing prescribed medicines to doctors for medication. In present scenario, pharmacist advice healthcare providers and patients on side effects of drugs, selection and dosages of medication, etc. The professionals play a major role in monitoring patients’ health progress to ensure effective use of prescribed drugs. Pharmacists are probably the intermediary between patients and doctors, who refer patients to physicians. Professionals employed with independent pharmacies include scope of starting private pharmacies once they acquire sufficient experience.

The career as a pharmacist offers various job roles, including:

  • Compounding drugs to patients
  • Management, monitoring and reviewing of medication regimens
  • Offering necessary pharmaceutical information to doctors and patients
  • Offering health advice to patients to ensure proper treatment. Health advice may include proper diet, stress management and exercise, among others.
  • Giving reference of other healthcare professionals, if required
  • To provide counseling to medical providers and patients on proper use of medicines. It is done to avoid the risk of over medication by patients.

The demand for skilled pharmacist is increasing due to a hike in people with ageing problems, unhealthy life style, critical illness, and other problems. Such professionals are employed by various industries and organizations such as government, private clinics, military, academia, research, and many more. Hence, pharmacist jobs are always in demand despite unfavorable market conditions. Earning potentials are high in the sector where a pharmacist initiates a career by dispensing drugs and progresses towards an administrative or supervisory role.

Swati Srivastava writes on behalf of naukri.com, one of the leading job sites in India. The online portal offers complete solution to your job search in various industries such as pharmacy, tourism, hospitality, etc.

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