Do you want to make a new drug which will benefit the human race? Or better still, a pill which makes you smile and laugh? Look at Pharmacy-the science dealing with the origin of drugs, their preparation, dispensing and ultimate use for prevention of disease in living beings.

A pharmacist is responsible for dispensing and managing medications, educating patients on correct usage of drugs and potential drug side effects, and managing the overall health care or well-being of patients/customers in the setting of pharmacies and dispensaries. Pharmacists must know how to handle medications for patient safety and how to give correct dosages. Staying abreast of new research in pharmaceutical developments and their safety is of vital importance in pharmacy jobs.

There are many different types of pharmacy, and other places where a trained pharmacist may work. This includes:

  • Community pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Industrial pharmacy
  • Compounding pharmacy
  • Consulting pharmacy
  • Ambulatory care pharmacy
  • Regulatory pharmacy
  • Home care pharmacy

Science stream students (both Mathematics and Biology groups- PCM/B), who have passed 12th standard board examination from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course.

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm); Course duration is 4 years
  • Masters of Pharmacy (M.Pharm); 2 year long PG course.
  • Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm); duration of 3 years
  • Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D); a 6 years long integrated course (5 years academic program and 1 year internship)
  • To get admission into the Pharmacy course, students have to complete their 10+2 education & apply for national level or state level Pharmacy entrance exam.
  • The national level entrance exam is Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT). You can also apply for the state level exams such as TS EAMCET, AP EAMCET, BCECE, WBJEE, etc as per the eligibility criteria of the exams.
  • Attention to Detail. …
  • Computer Literacy. …
  • Strong Math and Science Skills. …
  • Ability to Operate Pill Counting Machines.
  • Good Interpersonal Skills.

The pharmacy sector offers lots of opportunities to the students after the completion of the course.

After the completion of the course the students can work as a:

  • Chemical/Drug Technician
  • Bio-Technology Industries
  • Drug Therapist
  • Drug Inspector
  • Hospital Drug Coordinator
  • Health Inspector
  • Pharmacist
  • Pathological Lab
  • Research & Development
  • Making Prescription to Patients
  • Scientist
  • Research Officer

The salary in this profession varies from company to company in which an individual is working. The starting salary for a fresher in this field can be Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 18,000 per month. In India after gaining an experience in this field, you can earn approx Rs. 9 to 12 Lakh per annum.

  • Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali
  • University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh
  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Poona College of Pharmacy, Erandwane, Pune
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
  • JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore
  • Harvard University, US
  • University of Cambridge , UK
  • National University of Singapore , Singapore
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Imperial College , London
  • University of Tokyo , Japan
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Michigan , US