Pharmaceutical Chemist

What Does A Pharmaceutical Chemist Do?

Pharmaceutical chemists are basically chemists in the pharmaceutical industry. They conduct research on drugs, formulate new drugs, and monitor the quality control of the drug making process.

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How Do I Become A Pharmaceutical Chemist?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field is required. A higher degree (master’s) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be required to obtain positions in many organizations. The more education in this area, the better!

What is the Average Salary For A Pharmaceutical Chemist?

High – 150,000
Median – 75,000
Low – 40,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Pharmaceutical Chemist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and physics!
  • Math – As much as possible, including calculus!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Pharmaceutical Chemist?

Pharmaceutical chemists are primarily employed by the pharmaceutical industry (drug-making companies), and generally work between labs and offices.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Pharmaceutical Chemist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.Greater opportunities will be available to individuals who have advanced degrees. The higher the degree, the more opportunities that you may have!


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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