Careers in Pharmacology – Toxicology

What can I do with a degree in Pharmacology – Toxicology?

Potential Work Environments

  • Academic-based Research Laboratories (basic science)
  • Animal Health
  • Biomedical / Biotechnology Industry
  • Chemical Industry
  • Clinical Research
  • Consumer Products Industry–regulatory and toxicology roles
  • Consulting / Risk Assessment
  • Contract Research Labs / Organizations / Contract Manufacturing
  • Cosmetic Industry
  • Education—secondary or higher
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Monitoring / Industrial Hygiene / Toxicology
  • Forensic Science
  • Healthcare Companies
  • Health Professions (various)
  • Law (health / intellectual / patent)
  • Manufacturing (Pharmaceutical / Biopharma)
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nutrition Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry / Science
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Research / Development
  • Scientific Media and Communications
  • Specialized Areas of Toxicology
  • Technical Sales / Marketing

Possible Careers

Many careers require graduate-level education or further training. Options include:
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Cell/Molecular Biologist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Dentist
  • Drug/Toxicant Information Specialist
  • Forensic Scientist / Toxicologist
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Laboratory Animal Care Provider
  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Doctor
  • Patent Lawyer / Officer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing / Sales
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Product Development/Testing
  • Professor / Teacher
  • Quality Control / Assurance
  • Regulatory Toxicologist
  • Researcher / Scientist
  • Risk Assessment (modeling)
  • Science Writer / Editor
  • Technical Marketing / Sales / Writing
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian

Firms and Career Websites of Interest to Pharmacology-Toxicology Majors

Students enrolled in the BS “Pharm-Tox” major, students considering the program, and program alumni are encouraged to contact the program’s academic and career advisors for information on Wisconsin-based and national companies of particular interest to students with such educational backgrounds.

Interested in Becoming a Pharmacist?  Learn More about the Pharmacology-Toxicology Direct-Admit (into the PharmD) Program

The Pharmacology-Toxicology program offers an excellent foundation for those interested in becoming a pharmacist.   PharmTox graduates gain automatic acceptance into the PharmD program if they successfully complete the following:

  • Standard PharmD application
  • Remain in good standing until graduation from the PharmTox program, including maintaining a 3.00 GPA overall and within the PharmTox program.
  • Successfully complete an admission interview. Applicants in good-standing in the PharmTox program will be guaranteed an admission interview.
  • Provide, as part of the required admission materials, a letter of recommendation from a UW Madison Faculty Member.
  • PharmTox graduates may request a gap interval after graduation from the PharmTox program (typically one-year) and still be eligible for this program. The duration of this interval will need to be requested by the student. Requests will be evaluated and approved by the Admissions Committee.
  • All PharmD prerequisites must be completed prior to the admission term. 

Alumni Connections

Many BS Pharmacology-Toxicology alumni are willing to connect with current students and potential program applicants regarding career and academic pathways that are available to graduates of the program. Contact PharmTox academic and career advisors to explore such Badger alumni connections.