Career outlook for pharmacologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would do research to discover and develop new drugs and medicines, and to make sure they are used safely.
You’d study the effects of drugs and other chemical substances on cells, animals, humans and the environment. You would work in a research team with scientists and other staff.
You might specialise in:
- Clinical pharmacology, looking at the effects of medicine on people in clinical trials
- Neuropharmacology, examining the effects of drugs on the nervous system
- Design, set up and carry out experiments
- Analyse data using complex equipment and measuring systems
- Test drugs on cells in labs and through clinical trials on humans
- Write reports and make recommendations based on the results of experiments and research
- Use the results of research to develop new products and manufacturing processes
- Study the unwanted or harmful effects of drugs
- Test the safety of manufactured products
Some of your duties may involve animal research.
You would share the results of your work with colleagues, for example by presenting at meetings and conferences, and publishing reports.
You might also supervise support staff and manage and co-ordinate projects.
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