Pharmacy: A great career option for science students

Want to start your career as a pharmacist? Know the important details about this career destination.

Created On: Sep 21, 2018 11:56 IST
How to become a pharmacist in India
How to become a pharmacist in India

If you love the combination of science, healthcare, technology, research, and computer technology, then pharmacy might become a great and result-oriented career destination for you. In common parlance, by a pharmacist, we mean a professional who works in chemist shops, dispensaries, and medical stores. But, apart from medical domain, there are several fields where a pharmacist can get the job opportunities. To build a career, first, you need to know all important facts related to the field and then, to take a career-building step accordingly.In this article, we have provided a complete guide that can help to build a career as a pharmacist.  

Job outlook

As a pharmacist, you will need to prepare, research, and distribute medical drugs with the help of science and techniques. Apart from it, you will have to instruct on how to prepare medicines and dosages that patients need to receive so that they can overcome their illness. It’s a recession-proof occupation which offers handsome salary, benefits, flexibility, and of course opportunities for growth and success. There is a huge scope for the pharmacists in global healthcare that has given rise to clinical research, medicinal manufacturing, and marketing.


Pharmaceutical courses include a theory, practical class, examinations, as well as the training to work in the fields like industrial/ hospital and community. To take admission in pharmaceutical professional courses, one needs to pass 10+2 examinations with anyone combinations of subjects- Physics Chemistry Biology (PCB), Physics Chemistry Mathematics (PCM) or Physics Chemistry Biology Mathematics (PCBM).

Courses after 12th

For students, there is a range of courses in which they take admission after clearing intermediate. 

Diploma in Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)

Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy (B.Pharm)


Institutes offering pharmaceutical course after 12th

Jamia Hamdard University (Delhi)

Bundelkhand University (Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh)

MET Institute of Pharmacy (Mumbai)

Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research (Delhi)

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University (Uttar Pradesh)

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Manipal)

University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Chandigarh)

Bombay College of Pharmacy (Mumbai)

VELS University (Chennai)

Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University (Mysore, Karnataka)

Smt. Sarojini Ramulamma College of Pharmacy (Andhra Pradesh)



Courses after graduation

Post-graduation course may differ in terms of curriculum, research opportunities, and specializations. Here the complete list courses and specializations.

Master’s Degree in Pharmacy (M.Pharm)

Doctor of Pharmacy (Post-Baccalaureate)



Industrial Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Analysis



Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Regulatory Affairs

Pharmacy Practice

Quality Assurance

Institutes offering PG course after bachelor degree

Jamia Hamdard University (Delhi)

Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research (Delhi)

Bundelkhand University (Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh)

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University (Uttar Pradesh)

Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra, Ranchi)

Jadavpur University (Kolkata)

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Manipal)

The Oxford College of Pharmacy (Bangalore)

PSG College of Pharmacy (Coimbatore)


 Job opportunities for pharmacists

There are huge opportunities for pharmacists in the organizations such as pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, the pharmaceutical industry, mail-order pharmacy centers, managed care organizations, and government agencies. Apart from these opportunities, pharmacists can achieve success by working in the settings listed below.

Pharmaceutical Industry

Education and Research

Practice Settings

Pharmacists in Other Settings

Scope of Pharmacy

You as a pharmacist can see your profession full of opportunities. You can venture into the works we have listed below. 

Research & Development


Analysis & Testing

Regulatory Bodies

Marketing & Sales


Pharmacy is among those career options which can provide never-ending opportunities for growth and success. But, it isn’t easy to build a career in this industry as it requires you to take the right course of action.  If you fail to take proper education, and of course, proper guidance you might fail to achieve success as a pharmacist. In this article, we have provided you a complete guide to become a pharmacist.

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