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Pharmacologist

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Pharmacologists study how drugs and chemicals work, and the effects they have on animals and people. They also research the development of new and existing drugs. They may specialise in areas such as toxicology or neuro, cardio or veterinary pharmacology.

The Work

You might:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay rates in the private sector vary but could range from around £20,000 to £25,000 a year up to £50,000 for very experienced scientists. Pharmacologists with a PhD are likely to earn more than those without one.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work in government departments (including the Medical Research Council), pharmaceutical companies, hospitals or universities. The National Health Service (NHS) also employ pharmacologists to work on clinical trials.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9901
1.8 %
RISE
2024
10079
  United Kingdom
2019
85285
1.8 %
RISE
2024
86780

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
Tel: 0207 9303477
Website: http://www.abpi.org.uk
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

British Pharmacological Society
Tel: 020 7239 0171
Website: http://www.bps.ac.uk/
Twitter: @BritPharmSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britpharmsoc

A 'Careers in Pharmacology' leaflet can be downloaded free from the website's Career guidance section.

Medical Research Council (MRC)
Tel: 01793 416200
E-mail: corporate@mrc.ukri.org
Website: https://mrc.ukri.org
Twitter: @The_MRC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrccomms

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