Pharmacy Career PathwaysLeadership in Pharmacy Education (LiPhE) Institute
Professionals with a pharmacy degree work in a surprising range of roles and settings. The evolution of healthcare—including the emergence of new business models as well as disruption in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries—continues to present opportunities for graduates of our School of Pharmacy. Our alumni typically pursue one of four major pathways. Individuals also forge rewarding careers beyond these.
These traditional, customer-facing pharmacy roles focus on out-patient care at sites in the community as well as online. Community pharmacists dispense medications, provide consultations, coordinate care, and provide other services.
Hospitals and Clinical Care
Pharmacists play an essential role on care teams in hospitals and clinical settings. Clinical pharmacists provide onsite dispensing, consultation, and patient advisement services. Consulting pharmacists serve as a resource for other healthcare professionals, often in extended care or at-home care contexts.
Life Sciences Industry
Professionals with pharmacy backgrounds work in biotechnology as well as in pharmaceutical development, manufacturing, and sales. Common roles include research scientist, manufacturing manager, product manager, regulatory affairs officer, medical science liaison, and sales representative.
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Regulation, Policy, and Education
There are many roles for pharmacists at regulatory agencies, including at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which ensures the safety, efficacy, and security of drugs and other products. Professionals with pharmacy backgrounds also work in policy and education at organizations ranging from consulting firms to universities as analysts, advisors, instructors, and more.