Careers: MS Pharm Sci: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare

Careers: MS Pharm Sci: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare
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Summer 2023 Information Session

Listen in as program director Dr. Pankaj Desai discusses the Drug Development and Pharmacogenomics programs, curriculums, work-life balance, and online school.

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Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genes affect how they respond to medications. The field’s goal is to help doctors select the drugs and doses best suited for each person’s unique needs. Pharmacogenomics is interwoven with the field of precision medicine, which aims to treat each patient individually.

Growth and career opportunities in this field are exciting. According to the Pharmacogenomics Market Report, the Pharmacogenomics field is expected to grow 10 percent over the next five years.

Graduates earning their MS Pharm Sci: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare move on to successful careers in various roles. Below you will find career outlook, and wage data from BLS for similar roles.

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Genetic Counselors $89,990 11%
Geneticists $87,300 4-7%
Clinical Research Coordinators $144,440 4-7%
Data Scientists $103,500 11%
Bioinformatics Scientists $87,300 4-7%
Bioinformatics Technicians $71,700 4-7%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $99,930 11%
Biochemists and Biophysicists $103,810 11%

Growing Career Opportunities

Future career opportunities are plentiful for students graduating with an MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare. Alumni can expect to be eligible for a variety of leadership roles and career-advancing opportunities.

As with other highly technical professions, a higher education level leads to increased opportunities, salary, and responsibility. Since this is a relatively new area, the process of entering the field can vary for different people, and a degree in a related subject such as genetics or pharmaceutics may be enough to start or excel in a career.

Types of Jobs Available in Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenomics is a sub-specialty of healthcare, used in several ways. From drug development to cancer therapy to food digestion, pharmacogenomics impacts any field involving human life.

  • Curation – These types of roles work closely with clinical trials by taking data and applying it to real-world settings.
  • Cancer therapy is seeing substantial growth due to two key areas genomics can make a difference – in the metabolism of the drug itself and how it affects the tumor.
  • Lab-based roles in either a genomics lab or a small-molecule lab, working in report generation companies to help design and develop reports, consulting roles, and many other positions.
  • Genetic counselors, physicians, or pharmacists who want to establish a practice specializing in pharmacogenomics could benefit from the Pharmacogenomics program.
  • Great for those with experience in Biology, Chemistry, Genomics, Psychology, Genetic, Medical, and Pharmaceutical research
What You Can Do With a Master’s Degree in Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacogenomics Specialist
  • Genetic Sales Consultant
  • Geneticist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Research Project Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Clinical Genomics Curator
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Clinical Implementation Scientist
  • Clinical Development Scientist
  • Genetic Data Analyst
  • Molecular Sales Consultant
  • Genomics Lab Technician
  • Molecular Scientist
  • Sales