Career Details

Pharmaceutical Chemist


Career Overview

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.


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!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr
$150,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Technical Writing
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and physics!
Future Outlook

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!

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Work Environment

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


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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