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At a Glance... header image

Studies the effects of chemicals and medicine on both animals and humans.


The Work header image

Pharmacologists find out how drugs work, and what effects they have by testing tissues to establish side effects.. They may work with food additives, cosmetics, medicines like aspirin and penicillin, and drugs like alcohol, caffeine and heroin. Experiments are very important in pharmacology.  
 
In pharmaceutical companies, pharmacologists work on drugs to treat diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's and heart disease. They may test a new drug on isolated tissues, organs and cells, animals or human volunteers.  
 
In chemical companies pharmacologists work with pesticides, detergents, solvents and food additives. They make sure the product is safe, and find out how effective poisons, pollutants and insecticides are. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.

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Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings to the scientific audience and general public.

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Study animal and human health and physiological processes.

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Follow strict safety procedures when handling toxic materials to avoid contamination.

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Write and publish articles in scientific journals.

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Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.

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Use equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, electron microscopes, flow cytometers, and chromatography systems.

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Prepare and analyze organ, tissue, and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms or to study cell structure.

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Standardize drug dosages, methods of immunization, and procedures for manufacture of drugs and medicinal compounds.

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Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need an enquiring and analytical mind, and you must be accurate and methodical when doing experiments. You must be able to use a wide range of technical equipment, including computers. Enthusiasm and ability to drive projects forward to conclusion are also very important skills in this sector.  
 
You will need good communication skills. These will be useful when writing reports of your findings, and when working in teams.


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