In this post we will discuss scope of Bachelor of Pharmacy Or B. Pharm in India. B.Pharma is a four year undergraduate course. To take admission in this course one should pass 10+2 in science stream with PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Maths) . Some states conduct entrance examinations for admission to course like UPSEE in Uttarpradesh and “WBJEE Pharmacy” in West Bengal . But practically direct admission is also possible if seats are available in some college.
It is advised to check first whether the B. Pharmacy college is approved by AICTE and PCI.
Scope of pharmacy In India after bachelor degree is varied. In India after B.Pharm Job Opportunties and scope can be explained under four heads.
- Scope of B. Pharmacy in government sector
- Scope of B. Pharmacy in private sector
- Self Employment Opportunities
- Opportunities After Higher Education
SCOPE AND SALARY OF B. PHARMACY IN GOVERNMENT SECTOR
After B.pharmacy and some Job experience one can apply for Drug Inspector and Pharmacist government Jobs exams. B.pharm graduates are also eligible for SSC, UPSC, State PSC and bank jobs etc like other graduates.
Drug Inspector is an lucrative career option. This post is associated with good earning and reputation. State Governments, SSC and UPSC recruit drug Inspectors from time to time. Method of selection vary. As per some drug Inspector notification recruitment is done after an competitive exam, sometimes recruitment is done on basis of direct merit of marks obtained in degree and 10 + 2.
As per some drug inspector notifications about couple of years experience in manufacturing or testing of Schedule C drugs is also required.
Salary of Drug Inspector: Gross Starting Salary for drug Inspector range from about 55000 to 65000 Indian Rupees per month. There are annual increments. Inflation adjusted dearness allowance is increased time to time.
Pharmacist Employed on permanent basis in Central Government Hospitals like ESIC and AIIMS, Railways, and States Like Delhi withdraw respectable Salary. However pharmacists working in most state governments and also contract workers get much lesser . Sometime pharmacist working on contract are made permanent but usually permanent recruitment is done on basis of competitive exams.
Eligibility for Government Pharmacist Job is Diploma in Pharmacy or Bachelors in Pharmacy . Registration as pharmacist in Pharmacy Council of state is required. Usually as per pharmacist recruitment notifications, couple of years experience in dispensing is required. Pharmacist Job Profile include Dispensing drugs as per prescription and Maintaining store records and Inventory.
Salary of Government Pharmacist: Starting Salary for Pharmacist in Central Government Hospitals located all over India, Railway and Delhi Pharmacists is about 45000 per month for first two years and about 56000 per month after two years. There are annual increments. Inflation adjusted dearness allowance is increased time to time. For some states governments health programmes, and for contract pharmacist salary could be as low as 12000 to 35000 range per month .
SSC, UPSC, State PSC and bank jobs:
If you have good knowledge in pharmacy subjects, qualifying for Pharmacist job in good government department may be comparatively easier. However vacancies for Pharmacists and Drug Inspector don’t come regularly and recruitment process may take long time.
If you like to make your career in the government sector, pharmacy graduates can give entrance exams for Bank PO, SSC, State PSC and Civil services exams as well, thus widening the opportunities.
SCOPE AND SALARY OF B. PHARMACY IN PRIVATE SECTOR
In private sector Jobs are available In Pharmaceutical Marketing, Production, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacist, and Medical Underwriting
B.Pharmacy freshers are employed in marketing of pharmaceutical products and medical devices as Medical Representatives (MR) . Career growth in marketing depends on the networking ability, knowledge and communication skills. Initially marketing require more physical work due to travel, but as you progress workload may reduce with promotion, also depending on company culture. You can be promoted to assistant manager, area manager, regional manager etc posts.
Salary In Pharmaceutical Marketing: B. Pharm graduates on basis of their skills can get marketing Job in small company or MNC. Starting salary for freshers vary from about 18000 to 35000 Indian rupees per month and some performance based incentives.
Production/ Manufacturing Sector, Medical Devices and Quality Control:
Pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturing Units employ B.Pharm Freshers and experienced persons to look after the daily operations and quality of formulations. In this sector the starting salary is lowest after B.pharm. Growth is usually slow without any higher qualification. However if you are smart, after 4-5 years you can get approved as manufacturing chemist and get good increment. Also shifting job to good company after couple of years experience is good option. You can also pursue some higher education along-with Job.
Salary In Production and quality Control: B. Pharm graduates on basis of their skills and Institute can get employed in small Unit or MNC. Starting salary for freshers vary from about 8000 to 20000 Indian rupees per month depending on company.
Pharmaceutical companies, especially exporters require pharmacy professionals to make regulatory dossiers. Though in this sector Companies prefer to employ M. Pharm. Opportunities are limited but respectable after good experience and knowledge. This field require knowledge of GMP and other regulatory guidelines.
Salary In Regulatory Affairs: B. Pharm graduates on basis of their skills and Institute can get employed in small Unit or MNC. Starting salary for freshers vary from about 10000 to 18000 Indian rupees per month. After experience you can shift to company paying higher.
This is not traditional field, but is promising. After B.pharm you can start as medical underwriter with small company and after getting necessary experience can shift to company paying good salaries. Job responsibilities could be as medical scribes or medical transcription or medical coder or check insurance related records or write medical related document etc. Knowledge in pharmacology, anatomy and medical terminologies are required to get this job.
Salary In Medical Underwriting: B. Pharm graduates can start with medical underwriting with a small or new or some good company recruitng freshers as medical underwriters. Starting salary In training period could be as low as 10000 to 12000 or above 15000. But after few months training or an year you can get 20000 plus . With 2 to 3 years experience as medical scribe or transcriptor it is possible to shift to positions giving you about 35000-40000 per month salary.
Registered Pharmacists can get job as pharmacists in retail pharmacies. Career growth is not good, but this job will provide you with necessary job experience to apply for government Pharmacist Jobs. It is a good short term option for unemployed.
Salary Of Retail Pharmacist In Private Sector : Starting salary could be as low as 10000 to 20000 per month Indian Rupees. Growth scope is very limited.
Drug store or wholesaler:
A medical shop at good location offer an good income if it is run professionally. Any registered pharmacist can get license to run a medical shop. Wholesale Supplier of medicines to other stores is also an good option if you are able to establish fruitful relations with medical shop owners.
Ambitious persons can set up their own manufacturing facility or can market medicines under their own brand name.
Placement oriented certificate courses after B.pharma: These skill development courses are best suited to land you with respectable job after you complete training in clinical trials, patents, data analysis etc. Join such course which is conducted by institutes having placement collaboration with companies.
M. Pharm can be done in pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical pharmacology, pharmacognosy, biotechnology, etc After M.Pharm pharmacists gets higher pays in production and quality control etc. You also get additional opportunities like as lecturer, in research, as medical data analyst and in promising field of pharmacovigilance.
Starting Salary After M.pharm: Usually about 12-18 thousand in most small to mid level companies, 20- 30 thousand in big companies and also colleges. Salary and placement depend on reputation of M.pharm institute and skills of graduates. M.pharm from prestigious Institute like NIPER, BITS etc could get placement in good MNC with starting salary 30000 or more for the deserved, and career growth is comparatively better.
After B.Pharm graduates an pursue MBA from reputed institute to get management Jobs in Heath Care and Pharmaceutical Industry. Some universities offer pharma management courses also. If MBA Institute is reputed you will get good package.
Starting Salary after MBA and B.pharm: Again depending upon Institute and skills usually 20000 per month or above. WE need not say for MBA from IIM and other reputed institutes average pay will be much higher .
Those who are interested in doing job in pharmaceutical companies in foreign countries can pursue Master of Science in pharmacy and related MS degrees from foreign universities. NIPER in India also provide MS Pharm Course. In India scope OF MS Pharm is similar to M. Pharm
Starting Salary After MS Pharm: Better than M.Pharm in MNC
PHD is suitable to those who are interested in research, and professors jobs in government colleges. After PHD salaries are handsome in reputed companies and government colleges. Though After recession Job opportunities for PHD freshers are reduced like other professions.
Starting Salary After PHD: You could expect starting salary of around 40000 and above in India
You can even pursue LLB to become lawyer and specialize in pharmaceutical jurisprudence, intellectual property law, patents, etc.
We will discuss scope of B.pharm abroad in other post.