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Pharmacology & Toxicology

240 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
466 Master's Degrees Annually
#245 in Popularity
$97,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Pharmacology & Toxicology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many pharmacology and toxicology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 466
Doctor’s Degree 436
Bachelor’s Degree 240
Graduate Certificate 20
Basic Certificate 5

What Pharmacology & Toxicology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to pharmacology and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Pharmacology Majors

Pharmacology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Skills for Pharmacology Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to pharmacology:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Pharmacology Majors

As a pharmacology major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Pharmacology & Toxicology Major?

People with a pharmacology degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4% $84,810
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 8.0% $79,590
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology?

240 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
59% Percent Women
45% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 240 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology in 2018, making it rank #245 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 59% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of pharmacology majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Pharmacology Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 19
White 115
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 15

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Pharmacology, too. About 4.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Pharmacology & Toxicology Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology was $33,600 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $33,600 (25th percentile) and $33,600 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in pharmacology, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Pharmacology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $96,420 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with pharmacology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for pharmacology careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.7%
Master’s Degree 20.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 21.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 21.8%

Online Pharmacology & Toxicology Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 133 schools offered some type of pharmacology and toxicology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 121 3
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 137 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology Worth It?

The median salary for a pharmacology grad is $97,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 144% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,148,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to pharmacology.

Major Number of Grads
General Biology 95,805
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,048
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,716
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 8,072
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,799
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,493
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 4,316
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 3,131
Zoology 3,044
Biotechnology 3,038
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2,253
Genetics 1,379
Botany/Plant Biology 684
Molecular Medicine 52

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