Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

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. Tens of thousands of medications, herbals and supplements 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
  • Nuclear Oncology
  • Primacy Care/Pediatrics/Geriatrics
  • Phamacoeconomics
  • Academics
  • Government/Food and Drug
  • Administration
  • Public Health/Health Policy
  • Research

PharmD graduates locate positions in a variety of professional practice sites including:
  • community pharmacy
  • institutional pharmacy
  • long-term pharmacy
  • consultant pharmacy
  • the government
  • academia
  • professional pharmaceutical centers
  • neighborhood pharmacies
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • chemical or cosmetic industries
  • pharmaceutical journalism
  • drug information specialists
  • drug therapy consultants
  • law
  • research
  • new product development
  • management
  • marketing
  • quality control
  • sales
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Public Health Service
  • military
  • Veteran's Administration

What percentage of graduates go on to find related employment?
Typically, most students are offered pharmacy positions prior to graduation. Some receive multiple employment offers.

Every fall, the school hosts a "Pharmacy Career" Pathways program 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, 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 dual degree programs including PharmD/MBA; PharmD/MPH; PharmD/MS; PharmD/PhD; and PharmD/JD.

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

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55