Why Study Pharmacy? Your Guide to Types of Careers in Pharmacy
Written by James Barrett
January 3, 2023
There are many benefits of pharmacy jobs as there are a variety of types of careers in pharmacy. From working remotely to being a core part of a patient care team in a hospital, read on to see why you should pursue a career in pharmacy!
Why Should You Study Pharmacy?
The most rewarding reason to become a pharmacist is the opportunity to help people live their healthiest lives. Pharmacists provide medication and help with treatment plans at all stages of patient care, meaning you can be involved in the road to recovery from the very beginning.
As with all facets of healthcare, the world of pharmacy is ever-evolving. You’ll be on the cutting edge of care for both those in your community and globally. Your courses throughout your Pharm.D. program will also equip you to explore new methods of care. Pharmacists foster creativity in their field, helping medical teams come up with unique treatment options.
Since people will always need help getting better, the field of pharmacy will continue to grow and pharmacists will be in high demand. Pharmacists have great job security, and the range of career options for applying to your Pharm. D. means you will always have a new position to pivot to within your career.
What are the Career Options for a Pharmacist?
There is a range of medical tracts and career locations for pharmacists. You could work in hospitals, directly on the patient care team from the get-go. Or you could work in a retail pharmacy, providing prescription refills and medical advice to people within your community.
Telepharmacy and other remote pharmacy jobs are also developing branches of the field, allowing you to help those around you from the comfort of your own home. Nuclear pharmacy is another growing concentration, and as the technology to treat patients evolves, you can evolve with it.
How Flexible Are Pharmacy Careers?
Pharmacy careers are relatively flexible between states, as most licenses will transfer, though some states may require you to take another certification test to be cleared for practice in their state.
Within the day-to-day operations of a pharmacy, you can generally choose a schedule that works best for you. One of the benefits of being a pharmacist rather than a medical doctor is that you won’t be “on-call” 24/7. While there may be pharmacy emergencies, they are far less common than those in the general medical field. Because of this, the work-life balance for pharmacists is generally manageable and positive.
What is the Average Salary For a Pharmacist?
The average pharmacist salary in 2021 was $128,570, or about $61 an hour. Your salary may vary depending on your location, job title, and experience level. But overall, pharmacy careers are stable and lucrative.
Ready to Start Helping Others Live Their Best Lives? Consider NEOMED!
There is no better time to begin your career in pharmacy than now. NEOMED offers cutting-edge training in many branches of the pharmacy field, setting you up for success no matter what the healthcare world throws at you.
NEOMED also offers tracks for pursuing a Pharm.D. whether you have a bachelor’s degree or not. Not only will NEOMED help you get into their pharmacy program, but its students also have excellent NAPLEX pass rates and have elite hiring statistics after graduation.
Want to learn more about health care careers after NEOMED? Download our resource, "Getting a Job as a Medical Professional with Your Health Care Degree".
About the author
Sr. Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Initiatives