COVID Opens Up Career Opportunities For Pharma Graduates

New Delhi: The pharmaceutical industry grows parallel to the healthcare sector. The two are inextricably linked. The current pandemic situation is a perfect example. With the healthcare sector across the globe growing, career opportunities have also opened up for thousands of students of pharmaceutical science.

Besides, according to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the Indian pharmaceutical sector supplies over 50% of the global demand for various vaccines and also states that India is the largest provider of generic drugs globally.

According to sources of government statistics, Over 300 institutions impart diplomas or degrees to nearly 20,000 students in India every year. Indian Pharmaceutical Industry is one of the largest pharma industries in the world. The Pharmacy Council of India ( PCI ) is the regulatory body that has been designing the Education Regulations pertaining to pharmacy. It outlines the conditions to be followed by pharmacy colleges, institutions, and universities. PCI grants approval to the universities and colleges in India to run the various programmers in the domain of pharmacy. The PCI has well-defined standards, norms, and guidelines to be followed by the entities seeking approval from the regulatory Council, India Today reported.

In the domain of Pharmaceutical Sciences, students can pursue bachelor’s degree programmer, diploma programmer, master degree programmer and doctoral-level programmer.

Bachelor studies

Pharmaceutical science offers a wide range of opportunities. Interested candidates can pursue their career in Bachelor of Pharmacy programme and can study major areas like Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutical Analysis, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Computer Applications in Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Communication Skills and Biochemistry, etc.

The Post Graduates process for the pharmacy programmes includes a written test. The national level entrance test for admission to the Masters Level Pharmacy programs is GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test). The National Testing Agency (NTA) organizes this test every year for admission in M Pharma Programs.

Career options

Pharma students can opt for a career as a Hospital pharmacist & Manager, Community Pharmacist Drug Control Administrator, Drug Inspector, Pharmaceutical Marketing Representative, Research Manager, Health Inspector, Chemical Analyst, Drug Technician, Drug Therapist, Customs Officer, Pharma Data Analyst, Trainer, Assistant Professor, Food and Drug Administrator, Hospital Drug Administrator, etc.


Both Central and State Government hospitals and private hospitals need pharmacists. It is an easy task for brighter students to get employment in hospitals, labs and various pharma companies. Besides, online pharmacy stores are in demand. E-commerce pharmacist is going to be a big pharmacy career option for students.

The pharmaceutical sector is likely to offer promising and enriching careers in the post-COVID-19 scenario.


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