Pharmacology as a Career Essay

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Throughout my years in high school and participating in many hours with a community service program, I have been exposed to many nation and world issues. I have been exposed to the impacts of children’s cancer and the health issues impacting many third-world countries. I have also been introduced to many opportunities that have allowed me to grow as a person and become better aware of the events that are occurring all over the world. After all of my life experiences, I decided on a career that can benefit all communities, whether if they are first-world or third-world countries. My goal is to study in the field of pharmacology and become a pharmacologist. Based on the career I have chosen to pursue, there are several questions I have…show more content…
as possible” (USPharmD.com). Being a researcher in a laboratory isn’t the only option that a pharmacologist has. If I were to pursue this career and obtain a PhD degree, I would be able to teach students at a university and partake in individual research instead of researching for a company. Another question that came to mind was the difference between a pharmacist and a pharmacologist. When I began to think of my career path, I thought there was not much difference. But after doing research, I learned that there is a very large difference between the two. As a pharmacist, they dispense “prescription medication to patients [and] also provide information about the drugs their doctors have ordered for them. They explain doctors' instructions to patients so that these individuals can use these medications safely and effectively” (careerplanning.about.com). They also explain to the patient of any side effects that their medication may have and help pharmacy technicians sort medications. In comparison, a pharmacologist “studies medicinal drugs and their interaction with the human body in order to develop new drugs to fight disease” (careercruising.com). Other than doing research studies in the laboratory, they also perform clinical trials to test their drugs, either of laboratory animals or human volunteers. They can also educate college or university students on pharmacy-related courses or be a part of a pharmacy department on the
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