Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2018 12:33:41



To choose the right career for students in any field is an important aspect and crucial part of life. As students there are many queries, confusion regarding the career as so many choices are available. Every student must choose the career which is interesting and having wide future scope. The article will help you to clear the thiings if you are willing to build up your career in health care sector.


Traditionally a qualification in Pharmacy was associated with a lifetime career as a chemist or a medicine dispenser. But at present, there is a radical transformation in the role of pharmacists from the traditional compounding and dispensing of drugs to a more specialised primary health care expert. In today’s fast developing scenario, Pharmacy professionals can get involved in a number of things and look forward to a plethora of opportunities. There are lots of options available to those who are pursuing a career in pharmacy. The rapid escalation and diversification of the pharmacy field, symbiosis with the growth of the health care sector has opened an ocean of opportunities for pharmacists.
The demand of pharmacists is growing with a rapid rate and among the prime factors responsible for the growth is research oriented focus for Pharma R&D and contract manufacturing for Indian and global Pharma industries. Allied with these are requirement of professionals with expertise in clinical research and regulatory affairs.
Pharmacy offers good career opportunities both by way of jobs as well as in terms of starting your own business. There are many options available to those who are pursuing a career in pharmacy. Unlike the other vocations Pharmacy is a service as well as product related sector which increases its scope manifolds. India has a lot of growing pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, nursing homes and research centres all over the country is a clear indication of the growing scope in this area. Thus, today's pharmacy professional is a ''drug expert'' in the real sense. It is commendable to see the transformation and progress of the profession from conventional pharmacy to drug and health care experts.

Career Prospects as a Pharmacist:
Pharmacy professional has excellent career opportunity in the following areas of Pharmaceutical arena:
l Manufacturing /Production
l Quality Control/ Assurance
l Research & Development
l Clinical Research
l Contract Research Organisation
l Regulatory Affairs & Intellectual Property Right
l Sales-Marketing and Product Management
l Bio-Informatics
l Medical Transcription
l Digital Writing/ Blogs
l Health care Start up
Following are the 5 main courses:
l Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm)
l Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)
l Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)
l Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
l Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The main courses in Pharmacy are the 2 years Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm), 4 years Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), 2 years Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.d). For admission to the Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm), one requires to pass 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Maths or Biology. After B.Pharm there are various opportunities for students, they can either opt for higher studies like M.Pharm, MBA. Or Ph.D degrees or they can go for jobs in the Pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetics industries, research institutes, government jobs and even universities and colleges.


Pharmacists are considered and ranked as one of the most highly trusted professionals because of the important health care service provider.FUTURE ASPECTSThe Indian pharmaceutical sector has emerged as a prominent provider for healthcare products catering to more than 95% pharmaceutical needs of the country. Backed by the proactive government policies, the Pharmacy industry is expected to attain new heights in India as well in world.The Indian pharmaceuticals market is the third largest in terms of volume and thirteenth largest in terms of value. Presently there are about 12,000 manufacturing units and over 3,000 Pharmaceutical companies in India, growing at an exceptional rate. By 2020, India is likely to be among the top three pharmaceutical markets by incremental growth. So the life is more challenging and secure in Pharma sector as compared with the other vocations.Surely Pharmacy would be a right career choice for all the students who wants to make career in health care sector.(The author is Professor, SKB College of Pharmacy, Kamptee, Nagpur and can be contacted at [email protected])