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Pharmaceutics & Drug Design

196 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
128 Master's Degrees Annually
#62 in Popularity
$123,670 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Pharmaceutics & Drug Design Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many pharmaceutics and drug design graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 196
Doctor’s Degree 174
Master’s Degree 128
Graduate Certificate 2

What Pharmaceutics & Drug Design Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, pharmaceutics and drug design majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Pharmaceutics and Drug Design Majors

Pharmaceutics and Drug Design majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Pharmaceutics and Drug Design Majors

When studying pharmaceutics and drug design, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Pharmaceutics and Drug Design Majors

As a pharmaceutics and drug design 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 Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Pharmaceutics & Drug Design Major?

People with a pharmaceutics and drug design degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Pharmacists 5.6% $126,120

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutics & Drug Design?

196 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
65% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 65% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of pharmaceutics and drug design majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Pharmaceutics and Drug Design Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 28
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 33
White 94
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Pharmaceutics and Drug Design appeals to people across the globe. About 9.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Pharmaceutics & Drug Design Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Pharmaceutics and Drug Design majors often go into careers with median salaries of $123,670. This median refers to 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 careers associated with pharmaceutics and drug design require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 pharmaceutics and drug design careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 9.8%
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. 11.3%
Master’s Degree 3.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.3%
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. 37.5%
Doctoral Degree 36.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.6%

Online Pharmaceutics & Drug Design Programs

In 2018-2019, 37 schools offered a pharmaceutics and drug design program of some type. 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 2
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 28 4
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 34 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Pharmaceutics & Drug Design Worth It?

The median salary for a pharmaceutics and drug design grad is $123,670 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 210% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,675,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to pharmaceutics and drug design.

Major Number of Grads
Pharmacy 15,993
Pharmaceutical Sciences 1,409
Other Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 906
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 320
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 179
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development 169
Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management 89
Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics 88
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences 83
Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy 21
Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy 10

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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