Pharmacologist & Toxicologist CTE Introduction What is a Pharmacologist? • Develop new drugs to cure, treat, and prevent disease. • Test substances to find if they are harmful. • Study effects of drugs. What is a Toxicologist? • Find new and better ways to determine harmful effects of poisons. • Design and carry out studies of chemicals to find ways they can be used safely. • Study chemicals to prevent risk to human health and/or the environment. Where does a Pharmacologist work? • Research laboratory of: – Hospitals – Businesses – Universities – Pharmaceutical companies – Other health-related organizations What does a Pharmacologist do? • Give drugs to lab animals to study their responses to the drugs. • Check if drugs help health conditions. • Revise medications as needed. • Get approval from US Food & Drug Administration. Where does a Toxicologist work? • 9,000 Toxicologists employed in North America in: – Education – Government – Consulting – Research foundations – Industries What does a Toxicologist do? • Work with industries to make sure products and workplaces are safe. • Evaluate research data. • Work for government to enforce laws that make sure chemicals are produced, used and disposed of safely. • Teach others about safe use of chemicals. How do I become a Pharmacologist? • Must have a Bachelor’s degree (4 year degree) with courses in Science and Mathematics. • Must complete Doctorate degree (4 additional years) to conduct testing on humans. How do I become a Toxicologist? • Bachelor’s degree (4 years of college) • Most have Doctorate degrees (4 additional years) How much does a Pharmacologist make? • The average yearly salary for a Pharmacologist is $91,407 to $118,828 per year. How much does a Toxicologist make? • The average yearly salary for a Toxicologist is $35,000 to $100,000. Are jobs available? • There will definitely be jobs in both Toxicology and Pharmacology in the future based on scientific advances. • More products will be available and will require more testing.