Are essential healthcare professionals, who enhance patient care and promote wellness.
- Play an important role in helping people get the best results from their medications.
- Help outcomes improve and costs decline when involved in patient care.
- Are accessible, and are someone people can talk to face-to-face without an appointment.
- Communicate effectively to evaluate factors that may affect a patient’s ability to take a medication.
- Are the medication specialists on the healthcare team.
- Work in a wide range of healthcare settings and have flexible hours.
- Are trained in colleges of pharmacy which are centers of academic excellence, scientific research and innovation.
- Help people live healthier, better lives.
✔ Do you want to serve the community and improve people’s health?
✔ Do you have strong communications skills?
✔ Do you like science and math?
✔ Are you detail-oriented and organized?
✔ Do you enjoy problem-solving?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is “yes,” then pharmacy may be right for you!
Whether you’re interested in contributing to your community, identifying new healthcare solutions through research, education, or direct patient care, a diverse career in pharmacy can be rewarding in a number of ways:
- A trusted profession
- Opportunities for innovation
- Making a difference in peoples’ lives
- Excellent earning potential
- Career-long job security
Find a mentor
- Connect with a person who is familiar with pharmacy that can give you advice and answer your questions. This could be a science teacher, guidance counselor, health professions advisor, family member, local pharmacist, etc.
Meet with your guidance counselor or health professions advisor
- Make sure you are taking the right math and science courses, such as chemistry, biology, physics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. English, history, foreign languages, business and computer courses also are a plus!
- Experience the daily routine of a pharmacist by asking to spend a day with a pharmacist in your area or volunteering at a community health center or hospital. Speak to student pharmacists and ask them what courses they felt were most important for helping them prepare for a pharmacy education.
Work in a pharmacy
- Many community pharmacies employ young workers in part-time or summer jobs such as cashiers, clerks or pharmacy technicians.
- A job that gives you exposure to the daily life of a pharmacist can help you decide whether this career is for you. But remember, pharmacy is a diverse field, so if one area of pharmacy doesn’t interest you, there are many more areas to choose from so check out a different healthcare setting.
Explore pharmacy websites to learn about pharmacist education and career paths:
- the pharmacist career profiles at www.pharmacyforme.org
- the AACP student center at www.aacp.org/pharmacycareers
- the APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program at http://www.pharmacist.com/apha-career-pathway-evaluation-program-pharmacy-professionals