12/10/2014 Career

Pharmacists are responsible for the
preparation, dispensing and appropriate use of
medication and which provides services to achieve
optimal therapeutic outcomes. A Pharmacists job is
to prepare, mix, compound or dispense drugs and
medicines, ointments, powder, pills, tablets and
injections on the prescription of a medical
practitioner, dentist or veterinarian. Those in
research concern themselves with synthesis of new
drugs, clinical testing of the effects of such
drugs on animals and humans, and obtaining the
required License from the drug control

Course Details

The main courses in Pharmacy are the 2 years
Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm), 4 years Bachelor of
Pharmacy (B.Pharm), 2 years Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)
and PhD programmes. Eligibility for D.Pharm/B.Pharm
is 10+2 pass Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or
Biology. At the masters level (M Pharm)
specialization is available in various streams.
And after M.Pharm candidates can go for PhD
programme in some specific areas. Main entrance
exams for the admissions to pharmacy courses are
State wise entrance exams, AIEEE (for degree
courses) GATE (post graduation) etc. Institutions
like IITs and some other institutions also accept
the score of these entrance exams. After obtaining
a diploma or degree in pharmacy, and registering
with the state Pharmacy Council, it is possible
set up your own pharmacy or chemists and druggists
shop to stock and sell medicines and dispense them
according to doctor prescription.

Career Prospects

The job avenues for a pharmacist are open in
public and private sector. They are mostly
absorbed in by government hospitals and health
care departments. Besides they have also ample
avenues in private hospitals, clinics and nursing
homes. They can also work in pharmaceutical
industries. Various government departments like
Railways and Defense also recruit pharmacists in
their departmental hospitals. Appointments are
also available in sale promotion work as medical
representatives. M.pharm or Ph.D holders are
normally absorbed in research work, to develop new
useful drugs, in laboratories and in production
work in pharmaceutical industry and analyzing them
for purity and strength. Pharmacist may also take
up teaching as a profession as lectures in
pharmacy colleges and universities.

Institutes Offering

Pharmacy courses are offered by many pharmacy
colleges and universities. Some names are given
below. Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi;
Indian Institute of Pharmacy, Jamshedpur; New
Delhi Collage of Pharmacy, New Delhi; Hamdard
University, New Delhi; Collage of Pharmaceutical
Science, Manipal; Trivendrum College of
Pharmaceutical Science, Trivendrum; Collage of
Pharmacy, Indore; Bombay College of Pharmacy,
Mumbai; Sri Jayadev College of Pharmaceutical
Science, Puri; Birla Institute of Technology and
Science, Pilani; Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu;
Madras Medical College, Chennai; Baneras Hindu
University, Varanasi; Jadavpur University,


Pharmacists get reasonable salary in government
and private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic
laboratories etc. The average starting salary of a
pharmacists ranges between Rs.6000 - 10000 per
month in hospitals and in clinics. Those working
in private hospitals and clinics have more income
than those of government employees. Those who are
doing private practice are earning handsome
returns depending upon their skill and popularity.
Those working in private sector pharmaceutical
companies have basic pay of Rs 12000 to Rs 20000
depending upon qualification and experiences.
Medical Representatives are earning on an average
Rs 10000 to Rs 15000 per months.

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