Career Opportunity: Pharmacy
Pharmacists are trained to interact with doctors and their patients to ensure that the latter receive prescribed medicines that are right for their needs. A strong foundation in biology and chemistry coursework, such as that found in the Cell and Molecular Biology major, will ensure that a future pharmacist is prepared for graduate studies at a School of Pharmacy. A broad scientific understanding will also help a pharmacist understand how different drugs are administered, how they are metabolized by the body, and how they interact with other medications. Pharmacists work at community chain drugstores, in hospitals, in the armed services, for the government, for health insurance companies, and in many other areas.
A career in pharmacology, while also involving drugs, can be quite different than a career in pharmacy. Pharmacology is the study of how medicines affect the physiology, metabolism, and disease states of patients; this field, therefore, is much more research-focused than the pharmacy field.
A career in Pharmacy requires a Doctor of Pharmacy degree - typically four years beyond the Bachelors degree.
For more information:
Pfizer Guides to Careers in Healthcare
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