CAREERS IN PHARMACY
Contrary to popular perception, a career in pharmacy is not only challenging but
lucrative as well says Dr. U.B. Hadkar
Traditionally a qualification in Pharmacy was associated with a lifetime career as a
chemist. Knowledge and training in Pharmaceutics offers a wide array of career
options to the students. The programme is no longer confined to the laboratories or
classrooms and goes beyond the curriculum. The career options after the programme
are also immense.
Says Mehul Oka, B Pharm student at MET Institute of Pharmacy, “The B Pharm
programme gave me an in-depth insight into the subject matter related to
pharmaceutical industry. I had an opportunity to interact with the people in industry
while undergoing the in-plant training that is a part of the curriculum. Today, at the
end of four-years, I have a sound knowledge of drug therapy that would be beneficial
to his family and the society.” Mehul is thus excited to join the world of
Career options after completing B Pharm or M Pharm
1. Teaching - B Pharm - First Class students are eligible to teach as lecturers in
the D Pharm programme, where as M Pharm, First Class students can get a
lecturer’s job in pharmacy degree colleges. It takes about 5 years to reach the
grade of Sr. lecturer and about 10 years to become Assistant Professor and
about 12 years to become Professor or a Principal of a college. While in
teaching profession they can do research in pharmaceutical field and strive to
become a well-known Research Scientist.
2. Pharmacist – Being in the health-related field, the B Pharm graduate can be
Health-system Pharmacist or Hospital Pharmacist or Community Pharmacist.
3. Quality Assurance Health Manager – The Pharmacy graduate can play an
important role in the development of clinical care plans, can investigate
adverse medication events and in some cases can suggest preventive measures.
He can play a key role in spreading awareness amongst the people about AIDS
and the preventive