Pharmacologists evaluate the origin, effects and mechanisms of drugs and develop them for human and animal use.
To become a pharmacologist you usually have to complete a degree in biomedical science, medical science, pharmaceutical science or science at university with a major in pharmacology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, and physics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer relevant degrees. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.
Pharmacologists may perform the following tasks:
Pharmacologists are employed across several industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, scientific research, post-school education, government and private sector organisations (including research organisations), hospitals and other health services. Demand is linked to factors such as the need for medicines, the market for pharmaceutical products and levels of government funding for research.
A clinical pharmacologist a specialist physician involved in direct patient care. They typically manage patients with multiple medical problems, who are often prescribed multiple medications that may or may not be compatible with each other.
A non-clinical pharmacologist specialises in research and experimental studies for the discovery and development of drugs for diseases.