How to make a career in pharmacy

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Pharmacy is the clinical science of health that links medical science with chemistry and is responsible for the discovery, production, control, and safe and effective use of drugs.

Students who had Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their high school (10+2) and are looking for alternative medical programs to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), can continue in pharmacy.

As a career choice, pharmacy is mistakenly seen as being limited to jobs in pharmacies, medical stores, or dispensaries. There are many other jobs that a student can choose from.

Let’s see below what it takes to pursue a career in pharmacy.

1. COURSES

At the undergraduate level, students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) or a Diploma in Pharmacy (DPharm). A bachelor’s degree takes 4 years, while a diploma takes 2 years.

2. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR TAKING PHARMACY COURSES

BPharm and DPharm courses require students to have science (physics, chemistry, biology) in their 10+2 and have a minimum requirement of 50% and 40% respectively.

However, students who had Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (instead of Biology) are also eligible for the DPharm.

It should also be noted that students who have passed the DPharm are also eligible to pursue the BPharm.

Let’s see below what it takes to pursue a career in pharmacy.

BPharm entries are made at both the state and university level, while DPharm entries are limited to the university level.

Many pharmacy colleges have their own requirements and eligibility criteria and aspirants are always advised to follow their individual guidelines and policies.

3. CAREER PROSPECTS

After completing BPharm or DPharm, the job outlook for both courses is similar in nature. However, BPharm being a degree course, it is often given more preference than DPharm.

Completion of either course ensures employability as a pharmacist in a hospital or shop, a drug inspector in a hospital or the government sector, jobs in a drug manufacturing company or in the education sector or may open their own drug retail store.

Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy are eligible for a few additional jobs as a food inspector, researcher, analyst, pharmacy consultant, and as a professor in a college of pharmacy. They may also work in government testing laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.

With the onset of Covid, it has been established that pharmacy as a career will always be in demand. Pharmaceutical companies, research, etc. will be an ongoing need that will need to be addressed urgently.

The opportunity to provide for people’s well-being provides the gratification that very few careers provide and also performs an important service to the community. This career is perfect for candidates who find it easy to communicate with others.

Blood and surgeries are not something everyone can handle and a career in pharmacy is devoid of them. Even so, a pharmacist can be the hero by making sure the right drugs are prescribed or by creating a new drug that could save someone’s life.

Article by Ruchir Arora, CEO and Co-Founder, CollegeDekho.

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