Which is better? Nursing or Pharmacy

Which is better? Nursing or Pharmacy

Last updated: 04 Dec 2021

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Nursing and Pharmacy are two major and popular choices among the students of the undergraduate degree that can be chosen other than MBBS and BDS courses after their PUC or Class 12th. Pharmacy  basically deals with the study of preparation of drugs, while nursing is more about caring and patient treatment etc. Both the fields offer equal career opportunities for the students. 

Let's try to discuss more about both the fields in details

Pharmacy and Nursing: Course Overview


  • The main aim of the pharmacy courses is to train the students about the various drugs and their formulations. 
  • The pharmacy field has different courses right from diploma to doctorate levels
  • The pharmacy has D.Pharma (diploma level), B.Pharma (undergraduate level), M.Pharma (post graduate level), Pharm D( Doctorate level). 
  • The students have the opportunity to take up the course either in the diploma level or at the undergraduate level
  • The pharmacy field courses basically trains the student about the drugs that are required to cure the disease or a health condition in the patients
  • The pharmacists will be guided to provide the proper drug to the patients according to the advise of the doctor 
  • The pharmacy field aids in the students in developing the skills necessary to counsel patients on the use of medicines and drugs. 
  • The pharmacy curriculum is a combination of a practical and theoretical aspects where the students will be exploring different types of drugs available for the diseases and how they will effect on the patients
  • The pharmacy field also guides the students about the functioning of medicines and their effect on the human body. 
  • The pharmacy field also teaches the students to become attentive professionals so as to ensure selection of the right drug for the right treatment.


  • The main objective of the nursing field is to develop the competency in knowledge and skills required to become a successful nurse. 
  • The nursing field is very diverse with multiple levels of education: GNM (diploma level), B.Sc Nursing (undergraduate level), Post Basic (graduate level), M.Sc Nursing (post graduate level)
  • The students have opportunities to take up nursing either in diploma level or in undergraduate level
  • The nursing field provides a comprehensive understanding of nursing care, patient care and patient treatment and also some of the skills related to problem-solving among the students. 
  • The nursing field also trains the students to become compassionate individuals and work in individual homes, hospitals and communities and promote a healthier society.
  • The nursing field basically imbibes the compassion, care, affection to an individual so that he/she can be good to the patients and help them to pass the difficult phase of the life in a compassionate way
  • The nursing courses develop empathetic mindsets among the students, which is the major part when it comes to nursing as a profession.

Pharmacy and Nursing: Career Scope and Opportunities

  • The pharmacy students have abundant job opportunities in different fields especially in life sciences. 
  • They are hired in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, chemical manufacturing companies, industrial pharmacy units, pharmacy research labs, pharmacy companies and many more. 
  • The students with any pharma degree can open their own pharma shops and become entrepreneurs.
  • The students with any pharma degree can take up research in the pharmacy field and develop and invent new drugs and medicines for many unknown diseases

Some of the Job roles available for Pharma students

  • Pharmacist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Drug Safety Associate
  • Drug Inspector
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Formulation Development Associate
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control

Major Companies hiring Pharmacy Students

  • Himalaya Drug Company
  • Novartis
  • Glaxo Smith
  • Government Drug Research Centres
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Baxter
  • Cipla
  • Biotech Firms
  • Biocon
  • Shilpa Pharmacy
  • Wipro Life Sciences
  • Serum India Pvt Ltd

On the other hand nursing students are majorly hired in hospitals and nursing homes.They are responsible to take care of the patients in the hospitals, they are required to monitor the patients suffering from long term ailments and ensure that right care and medication is given for them. The nurses are trained to be compassionate, patient friendly, etc so that they can show care and affection to the patients in the hospitals and help them to recover fast from their health condition. The students with such qualities imbibed in their personality can easily choose the nursing field and flourish in their careers.

Some of the Job Roles available for nursing

  • Nursing-in-Charge
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Staff Nurse
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Home Care Nurse

Top Recruiters for nursing students

  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Aster Healthcare
  • Fortis Hospitals
  • Hosmat hospitals
  • Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Studies
  • Manipal Hospitals
  • Narayana Hrudayalaya

Which is better? Pharma or Nursing?

Although, it is quite difficult to differentiate between the two fields of study, because both the fields are equally important and popular in the healthcare industry. There is a huge demand for both Pharma and Nursing students in the job markets. It trickles down to the decision of the students and choice lies with the students either to choose pharmacy or nursing. The students can choose their courses according to their passion and interests. 

The students who are compassionate and passionate about caring, patient treatment, etc can join the nursing course, while the students who are interested to study more about medical drugs and drug induced treatment processes can join the pharma course. Nursing has been a popular choice among many students, due to the demand for them across the globe. Nurses form the backbone of the healthcare system so demand is always high for nurses. The nurses are hired across the globe in all the hospitals for decent salaries.


Both Pharma and Nursing are highly competitive in nature with excellent job opportunities across the globe. The demand is always high for nurses when compared to pharmacists globally. The decision lies with the students that will be based on their interests and passion for the subject and work culture.

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