Individuals with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree have an exciting array of careers from which to choose. As a pharmacist you may choose to:
Practice in a community pharmacy
Community pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care directly to patients by safely and efficiently dispensing prescription medications, counseling them on the proper use of the medication, informing them of side effects or potential drug interactions, and advising them on the use of over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. Community pharmacists also provide information to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
Practice in a hospital pharmacy
Hospital pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care by ensuring that hospital patients receive the appropriate medications at the right time and in the correct dosage. They work closely with physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and other members of the hospital patient care team to consult and advise on drug therapies chosen for these patients. Hospital pharmacists also are responsible for the special preparation of IV’s, nutritional solutions, chemotherapeutic agents, and occasionally radioactive medications.
Use your expertise in the pharmaceutical industry
In the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists are valuable contributors to research and development programs, clinical trials of new medications, and quality control efforts. Additionally, pharmacists may develop and/or implement marketing and sales strategies, assure compliance with government regulations, and assist in public relations.
Use your degree in other ways
There are many other places a pharmacy degree can be useful, such as The Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Public Health Service, academia, research, or the National Institutes of Health, just to name a few.