How one can make a career in Pharmacy

Pharmacy is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry and is responsible for discovering, producing, controlling, and making safe and effective use of medications.

Students who had Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their high school (10+2) and are searching for alternative medical programmes to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), can pursue Pharmacy.

As a career choice, pharmacies are misunderstood to be limited to jobs in chemist shops, medical stores or dispensaries. There are many other jobs that a student can choose from.

Let us have a look below at what it takes to pursue Pharmacy as a career.


At an undergraduate level, students can choose to pursue a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy (BPharm) or a Diploma in Pharmacy (DPharm). A bachelor’s degree takes 4 years, whereas a diploma takes 2 years to complete.


Both BPharm and DPharm courses require the students to have science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) in their 10+2 and have a minimum requirement of 50 percent and 40 percent respectively.

However, students who had Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (instead of Biology) are also eligible for DPharm.

It must also be noted that students who have successfully completed DPharm, are also eligible to pursue BPharm.

Let us have a look below at what it takes to pursue Pharmacy as a career.

BPharm entrances are conducted at both the state and university level, while DPharm entrances are limited to the university level.

Many Pharmacy colleges have their own requirements and eligibility criteria and it’s always advised for aspirants to go through their individual guidelines and policies.


Having pursued either BPharm or DPharm, the job prospects for both courses are similar in nature. However, BPharm being a degree course is often given more preference than DPharm.

Completion of either course ensures employability as a pharmacist in a hospital or store, a drug inspector in a hospital or the government sector, jobs at a drug manufacturing company or the education sector or can open their own medicine retail shop.

Candidates who have completed a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy are eligible for a few more jobs like Food inspector, Researcher, Analyst, Pharma consultant and as a faculty in a pharmacy college. They can also work at public testing labs and pharmaceutical firms.

With the onset of Covid, it has been established that Pharmacy as a career will always be in demand. Pharmaceutical companies, research etc. will be an ongoing need that will need to be addressed with the utmost urgency.

The chance to ensure the well-being of people ensures the gratification that very few careers offer and also performs an important service to the community. This career is perfect for candidates who find it easy to communicate with others.

Blood and surgeries are not something that everyone can handle and a career in Pharmacy is devoid of that. Even so, a pharmacist can be the hero by ensuring proper medication is prescribed or by creating a new medicine that might save someone’s life.

Article by Ruchir Arora, CEO and Co-Founder, CollegeDekho.


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