ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Growing Pharmacology Jobs

Updated on August 23, 2013

Career in Pharmacology


Finding cure and treatment for dreaded diseases have always been a challenging task for scientists and physicians. Although we have achieved success in controlling some of the diseases, still there are many big challenges to control and heal diseases such as Parkinson, AIDS, cancer, schizophrenia, depression and pain. Pharmacologists have always played a leading role in developing novel drugs for various ailments.

What is Pharmacology?

Pharmacology is the study of drugs. It focuses on the mechanisms of action, toxicities, and therapeutic uses of biologically active substances in living systems. Pharmacology course incorporates biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and chemistry to understand the relationship between biological processes and therapeutic agents.

Subfields in Pharmacology

Pharmacologists work on questions that span several distinct sub-specialties. For example, clinical pharmacology is the study of drug effects on humans; behavioral pharmacology emphasizes a behavioral analysis of drug action; neuropharmacology focus on drugs relating to nervous system; toxicology is the study of adverse effects of drugs/chemicals on living organisms; psychopharmacology studies drug-induced changes in mood, thinking, and behavior; pharmacognosy, study of drug of natural origin; endocrinology pharmacology looks drug effects at hormonal level. Veterinary pharmacology is about use of drugs for diseases and health problems exclusively to animals.

Classical pharmacology subfields such as pharmacodynamics are the study of the molecular, biochemical, and physiological effects of drugs on cellular systems and their mechanisms of action. Pharmacokinetics deals with absorption, distribution, and excretion of drugs. Each of the specialties is at the forefront of modern medicine.

Pharmacology Education

There are several excellent universities in U.S. and elsewhere that offers courses in pharmacology leading to Bachelors, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. At graduate level, the courses are designed so that students acquire broad basic knowledge and research experience in different areas of pharmacology. Whereas focusing on specific line of pharmacology research leads to an advanced degree. High school level maths, statistics, biology and chemistry are essential for pharmacology course.

Job Opportunities in the area of Pharmacology

Pharmacology qualification offers a wide variety of career options. The success of pharmaceutical and healthcare industries depends heavily on pharmacologists. Pharmaceutical sales and information science also provide fascinating career options for pharmacologists. One with pharmacology education can work in drug enforcement agency, regulatory bodies and in legal environments (e.g. patents). Additionally, pharmacology is an integral subject in the curriculum for degrees in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Therefore, there are several opportunities to teach in universities and hospital settings.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)