Careers in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Demand for chemists with specialization in the pharmaceutical field is high. You will be able to pursue rewarding positions in pharmaceutical companies, where you may function as part of a drug development team or work in production, quality control, or sales, and with government laboratories such as those at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
- Designing and producing new substances that can help prevent, cure and relieve symptoms of diseases.
- Using both sophisticated equipment and simple procedures to study drugs and chemicals that are present in samples taken from humans or animals
- Developing new methods to determine whether an experimental drug is actually absorbed by the tissue where it needs to work
- Working in a team with biochemists, organic chemists, pharmacologists and toxicologists to develop and test new drugs.
Graduates of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry earn competitive salaries immediately following graduation. BS graduates in the chemical sciences (biochemistry, chemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry) earn salaries ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 upon graduating.