Pharmacology

Pharmacology is about the medicinal (positive) and toxicological (adverse) effects of drugs on humans and other animals.

Studying in this area involves learning about the chemical composition of drugs, their properties, dosages, and interactions between drugs.

Pharmacology is also about poisons found in plants and the environment and their effects on humans and other animals.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Drug industry sales representative
  • Drug industry product manager
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

173% of national
median earnings


Employment

59%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
34%
Further study
6%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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