What after B. Pharmacy?
Naureen Gurung, 22 Jan 2019
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What after B. Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is a rare field of medicine/ science which requires maintaining close interactions with people to earn their trust as you work towards improving their health. After completing Bachelor in Pharmacy, there are various options for higher education as well as career-wise. Some of the most popular entrance exams for M. Pharmacy admission in India are GPAT, NIPER JEE, CUCET, CEE AMPAI, etc. Pharmacy aspirants can even attempt TOEFL, GRE, IELTS, etc. if they wish to get employed overseas.

With a range of lucrative Pharmacy career options, B. Pharmacy degree holders can also get employed in the private or government sector as pharmacists, drug inspectors, medical underwriters or even open a drugstore. 

Read on to find out what all options in terms of career as well as higher education is in store for a B. Pharmacy graduate.

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About B. Pharmacy

Bachelor in Pharmacy is a 4-year long undergraduate programme in the field of Pharmacy which deals with health and chemical science. Throughout the B. Pharmacy programme, students are introduced to various medicines and drugs as well as their uses and effects/ side-effects. Typically, to be eligible for B. Pharmacy, a student has to pass the class 12 (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) board exam. The minimum requirement of marks varies for different Pharmacy institutes. 

Higher Education- M. Pharmacy, Pharm. D.

As the quest for knowledge always goes on, opting for pursuing Master in Pharmacy is the best option for those seeking higher education. Especially for Pharmacy aspirants who wish to have a career in research and development, pursuing M. Pharmacy will increase their expertise and credibility. Some of the most popular institutes providing M. Pharmacy admission are KLE College of Pharmacy (Hubli), Government College of Pharmacy (Bangalore), Madras Medical College (Chennai), etc. These colleges accept scores of various entrance tests like GPAT, KLEU AIET, NIPER JEE, etc. The M. Pharmacy eligibility in most institutes also requires a minimum average of 50% in the final year exam of B. Pharmacy. 

A professional doctorate degree course in Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) consists of 5 years of academic society and 1 year of internship. The course trains students in pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care. Some of the institutes in India that provide admission in Pharm. D. are Jamia Hamdard University (New Delhi), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Mohali), KLE College of Pharmacy (Hubli), etc. Candidates who successfully complete Pharm. D programme can get recruited at health centres, medical dispensing stores, drug control administration, research, etc. 

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Pharmacy Career Options

In India, Pharmacy graduates have various job options to go for. Pharmacy, as a field, is well-reputed and reliable so aspirants can avail promising job options with great salary package. For detailed information about Pharmacy job profiles in the government and private sector, check the list below:

Pharmacy Career Options in the Government Sector

  • Pharmacist: Central government hospitals like AIIMS employ qualified pharmacists at high salary packages on a permanent basis. However, pharmacists employed on contract basis by the state government are not able to earn much. Being the link between a doctor and his/ her patients, a pharmacist should be social and amiable. A pharmacist should know about the dispensing of drugs as per prescription and managing store records, inventory, etc. Most of the pharmacists employed by the central government earn about Rs. 45,000-56,000 per month. On the other hand, those employed under the state government or on contract basis earn as low as Rs. 12,000 per month.

  • Drug Inspector: A drug inspector monitors the safety, utility and quality of drugs from its manufacturing till its sale. For a competent drug inspector, qualities like patience and self-confidence are essential. Combining various salts and performing tests accordingly to know the utility and effects of the combinations. Various competitive exams are conducted all over India for the selection of potential candidates. Some states also require the candidate to be well-versed with the local languages. Salary of a drug inspector ranges from Rs. 55,000-65,000 per month.

Pharmacy Career Options in the Private Sector

  • Production and Quality Control: Pharmaceutical and medical devices production/ manufacturing units recruit B. Pharmacy graduates to supervise the daily operations and quality of formulations. Initially, the salary is low so it is best to increase your academic qualification if you wish to enter this sector with a high package. However, if a B. Pharmacy degree holder is efficient enough, after 4-5 years, he/ she may get an increment. The salary varies from Rs. 8,000-20,000 per month depending on their skills and the company hiring them.

  • Pharmaceutical Marketing: B. Pharmacy degree holders can get employed as Medical Representatives (MR) in marketing for pharmaceutical products and medical devices by small or big firms and MNCs. The work may be taxing for a beginner but as one gets established due to his/ her communication skills and knowledge, the work pressure may decrease. Salary of a medical representative ranges from Rs. 18,000-35,000, depending on his/ her calibre.

  • Medical Underwriting: An unconventional but advantageous Pharmacy career option, aspirants can start by working for a small company and then look out for better opportunities in bigger establishments. B. Pharmacy qualifiers may be recruited as medical scribes or medical coder or medical transcription and may also be required to write medical related documents, etc. The salary for such Pharmacy job profiles may start from Rs. 10,000 and with apt experience, it may increase to Rs. 40,000 per month. 

Self Employment/ Business Prospects

  • Drug Store owner: Those who feel they have the required perseverance and will to work hard at odd hours can start their own drug store. Various aspects like the shop’s location, opening and closing time, etc. determine the income of the owner. 

  • Wholesaler: If you are able to establish good relations with medical shop/ drug store owners, supplying medicines on wholesale is also a suitable option.

  • Pharmaceutical Company: Those who dream big of establishing their own brand name can set up their own manufacturing or marketing unit. 

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