Pharmacologists evaluate the origin, effects and mechanisms of drugs and develop them for human and animal use.
Duties & Tasks
Pharmacologists may perform the following tasks:discover, develop and evaluate substances for use in the treatment of disease
modify the chemical structure of an effective substance to eliminate undesirable side effects
devise and carry out experiments to determine how drug concentrations in the body change over time
test newly discovered or manufactured substances for their safety, characteristics and possible use as drugs
study what happens to a drug after it has been administered
investigate drugs for unwanted or dangerous side effects and, if found, establish why they occur
study other substances that affect living organisms, such as pollutants, poisons and insecticides
write scientific reports on research and investigations, as well as more general information for scientific, managerial, political and general audiences
provide policy and clinical advice to managers, politicians, primary producers, healthcare workers and the general public.
enjoy and have aptitude for science and research
able to think logically and analytically
able to carry out detailed and accurate work
good communication skills
able to think creatively and solve problems
able to work as part of a team.