Encourages Students to Explore Pharmacology Options

Pharmacologists are responsible for some of the most ground-breaking discoveries in modern medicine and, according to, pharmacology students are poised to do great things for society and human health.


FLORIDA — April 18th, 2012 — is encouraging students interested in medicine to explore the opportunities available in the field of pharmacology. Pharmacology, the study of how drugs interact with living organisms, is growing much faster than other areas of the job market according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The rise in the number of pharmacology jobs will exceed that of nursing jobs, prompting a call to pharmacy schools to be ready for an influx in pharmacology students.

Pharmacology and medical science is one of the fastest growing sectors in the health industry according to BLS. The field of medical sciences is projected to grow by 36%, well above average, over the next decade.

“They earn between twenty-thousand and thirty-thousand less per year than a pharmacist, but still earn a median income of $75,000 or more annually,” says Beverly Lansing of, “and while earning a pharmacology degree takes less time than a Pharm. D degree, pharmacologists are no less important to the integrity of medicine.”

“Paul Greengard is the latest pharmacologist to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 and was preceded in this distinction by many others in his field. So, to say that pharmacologists have an important job is an understatement,” Lansing explained.

Lansing recently posted a report on pharmacy school degree programs, outlining the differences between pharmacists and pharmacologists. In the report, Lansing describes the most obvious difference between the jobs: “…students who wish to work in the pharmaceuticals industry should understand that there is a major difference between pharmacy and pharmacology; namely, the pharmacy,” she writes.

Pharmacists can come from any number of scientific backgrounds, provided they have a degree that will be commiserate with the requirements for entering a school’s Pharm. D program. Pharmacologists are trained in the specific science of medicine as it relates to living things – whether behavioral or physical effect. They are hired by pharmaceutical companies, research agencies, schools, and foundations to conduct or supervise studies in medicine. brings together the best info on pharmacy colleges, student life, and professionals in the pharmacy industry to help you make an informed decision about your career and education goals. All resources, including the pharmacy school directory and helpful pharmacy articles are presented as a free service to users. helps individuals considering pharmacy careers find powerful information for success in college and beyond.

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