Career Paths in Pharmacy
As a career, pharmacy offers strong demand and compensation with flexibility in a variety of career paths. Whether your passions lie in improving health outcomes for aging populations, making a positive impact in underserved communities, educating the pharmacists of tomorrow or helping our four-legged friends get back on their feet, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis will prepare you for a dynamic, challenging and rewarding career in pharmacy inspired by your passion.
A few popular career paths include:
Train future pharmacists and conduct research, while enjoying the benefits of a more flexible schedule, student interaction and opportunities for advancement.
Community Pharmacy (Independent, Chain or Community Health Center)
Community pharmacists work with doctors to identify possible drug interactions when filling patient prescriptions, educate on proper medication use and provide clinical services such as vaccinations and diabetes education.
Hospital pharmacists work directly with doctors and nurses to ensure patients receive the correct medication in the right dosage and at the right time, providing a strong interprofessional, patient care setting.
Long-Term Care Pharmacy
Pharmacists working in long-term care pharmacy mostly work with the elderly and their families in a variety of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes and rehabilitation facilities.
Managed Care and Pharmacy Benefit Management
Pharmacists that work in managed care play a key role in ensuring patients get the appropriate medications in a cost-effective way through their work dispensing drugs, monitoring patient safety, developing clinical programs and managing costs.
As a pharmacist in medical communications, you will specialize in educating health care professionals, consumers and other pharmacists about pharmaceutical products, including prescription drugs in a variety of work settings such as pharmaceutical manufacturers, schools and poison control centers.
Nuclear pharmacists specialize in radioactive drugs and treatments for diseases such as cancer, filling prescriptions, similar to community or hospital pharmacists, in larger hospitals or commercial nuclear pharmacies where radioactive drugs are prepared.
Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Develop new medications, test new substances, evaluate existing products and create new dosage forms, as a pharmaceutical researcher.
Prescriptions for animals often need to be handmade to accommodate the various weight and sizes of the animal patient. As a veterinary pharmacist, you must complete specialized training in veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics.Learn about all of these career paths and more.