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Pharmacologists

Overview

Pharmacologists play an important role in medicine and in science by studying the effects of drugs, chemicals, and other substances on humans, animals, and plants. These highly educated scientists conduct research on living tissues and organs to determine how drugs and other chemicals act at the cellular level. Their results help to discover how drugs and other chemicals should be most effectively used. The study of pharmacology is necessary to standardize drug dosages; analyze chemicals, food additives, poisons, insecticides, and other substances; and identify dangerous substances and harmful levels of controlled chemicals. There are currently 107,900 medical scientists, including pharmacologists, in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Doctorate

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Conventional

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Research Director of Pharmacology

Senior Pharmacologist

Pharmacologist

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