Pharmacy : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Pharmacists are the "drug experts" among health professionals. They understand how a drug heals and how it can hurt, how it reacts with foods and other drugs. They know its desired effects and its side effects. More than 14,000 prescription drugs are available in the United States, and particularly because of the newer more potent drugs that have highly specific cellular "targets," the management of drug therapy is one of the most important challenges in health care.

Pharmacy is a well-respected profession for individuals with an aptitude in science and a desire to apply their knowledge of drug therapies to patient care in a variety of settings.

Career Opportunities:
  • Biometrics
  • Community (ambulatory care)
  • Hospitals
  • Specialty Compounding
  • Veterinary care
  • Home care/Infusion therapy
  • Industrial/Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Legal research
  • Hospice/Palliative Care/Pain Management
  • Health Maintenance Organization/Managed care
  • Neuropharmacology
  • NuclearOncology
  • Primacy Care/Pediatrics/Geriatrics
  • Phamacoeconomics
  • Academics
  • Government/Food and Drug
  • Administration
  • Public Health/Health Policy
  • Research


PharmD graduates find a very favorable job market and easily locate positions in a variety of professional practice sites including community pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, long-term pharmacy, consultant pharmacy, the government and academia across the country. Our graduates practice in the community/ambulatory care settings in professional pharmaceutical centers, neighborhood pharmacies, and stores in ultra-large shopping centers and malls. Other graduates pursue careers in pharmaceutical manufacturing, or the chemical or cosmetic industries. Pharmacists are also employed in pharmaceutical journalism and as drug information specialists or drug therapy consultants. There are also job opportunities in law, research and new product development, management, marketing, quality control and sales. Some seek government employment with the Food and Drug Administration, Public Health Service, the military, or the Veteran's Administration.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?
Typically, all students are offered pharmacy positions prior to graduation. Many receive multiple employment offers.

Every fall, the school hosts a "Pharmacy Career Day," which attracts employers from organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

Salary Information
PharmD graduates are paid a very attractive salary. Salaries range greatly based upon positions, and work settings and areas of the country.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?
This is a graduate/professional program. An increasing number of graduates, however, are completing post-graduate residency and fellowship programs.

In addition to the PharmD degree, students may enroll in combined degree programs including PharmD/MBA, PharmD/JD, PharmD/MPH, PharmD/MS, and PharmD/PhD.

Advanced degree holders pursue research or teaching appointments in universities, hospitals, or research foundations.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:57 EST