Career Spotlight: Pharmacologist

A true scientist, the pharmacologist has a critical role to play in the field of medicine, as well as other health professions.  According to the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), “pharmacology is the science of drug action on biological systems.”  You might most commonly think of this in terms of the development of new drugs for medical treatment.  The most appropriate undergraduate majors are chemistry and biology.  A PhD in pharmacological sciences is also required.  Some students enroll in joint MD/PhD programs, so they will also have the ability to work with patients.  For more information on this career, please see ASPET’s brochure, entitled, “Explore Pharmacology.”

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