If you become a pharmacologist, there are several career paths available. Clinical pharmacologists are those who focus on the effects of medications for treating disease. Toxologists are pharmacists who study the effects of various drugs, and combinations of drugs and other substances, on humans. Specifically, pharmacologists study how drugs are broken down, absorbed, and spread throughout the body or organism, in addition to the effects of the drug.
Educational Requirements for Pharmacologists:
Another optional education track for pharmacologists is a PhD degree in pharmacology. Pharmacology coursework is similar to other science/medicine tracks in that it entails a great deal of biology, chemistry, math, and other sciences.
Many pharmacologists hold both a PharmD and a PhD.
Employment Outlook and Options for Pharmacologists:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth is expected to be "favorable," particularly for those with doctorate degrees. Jobs are expected to increase by about 6 percent from 2008-2018, which is fairly solid growth, but not as high as the growth projected in some other in-demand medical careers. (Also, the 6 percent includes all careers in the pharmaceutical and device development field, not just pharmacologists.)
Work Hours and Compensation for Pharmacologists:
According to PayScale.com, the average annual salary for pharmacologists ranges from about $67,000 to $108,000 including bonus pay. Base salary can range from about $66,000 to $102,000 annually.