Pharmaceutical Sciences : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Graduates of this program are well educated as entry-level researchers. Graduates are well prepared to fulfill positions within the pharmaceutical industry, in sales, or to continue on to graduate studies.

Skills gained in this program include:

Researching, analyzing, interpreting, reasoning, managing, advising, organizing, problem solving, detail orientation, writing, editing, teaching, speaking to groups, reading critically, the ability to think critically, evaluating, advising, and selling.

Career Choices

The broad scope of scientific interest associated with the pharmaceutical sciences discipline provides students with an extensive vista of career opportunities. Qualified graduates are highly sought for employment in pharmaceutical research environments. Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates may find opportunities in university, hospital, or pharmaceutical industry settings, including positions as:
  • Consumer safety officers
  • Drug analysts
  • Manufacturing/production technologists
  • Marketing/sales drug detail representatives
  • Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers
  • Research associates in: Bioanalysis, drug delivery, drug metabolism, and pharmacokinetics
  • Science librarians

Alternatively, they may pursue graduate studies leading to the M.D., D.D.S., B.S./M.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degrees, and then pursue careers such as:
  • Biochemists
  • Health careers
  • Pharmacologists
  • Professors
  • Researchers

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?

More than 90%

Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to Annual AAPS-Pharm Tech Employment Surveys, a person with a B.S. and 0-5 years of experience can anticipate an average salary of $45,000 within the pharmaceutical industry.

Post-undergraduate Opportunities

Many graduates enter medical or dental schools, or continue their studies to obtain a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics. These Ph.D.'s teach, carry on independent research in a university or hospital, or enter industrial research.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?

Approximately 10%

Additional Information

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:55 EST