Whether they choose to pursue a residency program, a research opportunity, or to begin their pharmacy practice careers, 100 percent of our graduates find placement upon graduation. The demand for pharmacists is high, and our graduates have a 100 percent placement rate upon graduation and an average starting salary of more than $100,000 a year.
The pharmacy field is full of exciting and challenging career paths. Here is a quick overview.
Community retail practice
In many communities, the local pharmacist is the most accessible healthcare professional. Retail pharmacists serve as an adviser and medication expert to their customers as well as to physicians and other healthcare professionals in the community.
Hospital pharmacy practice
Historically, pharmacists prepare orders from a central location inside the hospital, however an increasing number of hospitals now include satellite pharmacies in key locations throughout the hospital, including surgery, cardiology care units, oncology units, and nursery-pediatrics.
Opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry include research, product development, clinical research administration, regulatory affairs, marketing, sales, drug information, and product packaging and distribution.
Government pharmacy services
Employing agencies include U.S. Public Health Service, Medicare and Medicaid, The Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control, and U.S. Armed Services.
Specialty and other pharmacy practice opportunities: Additional career pathways include long-term care, nuclear pharmacy, hospice, home infusion services, compounding, managed care, health maintenance organizations, academia, and professional association management.