It's a great time to pursue pharmacy as a career. Job opportunities are plentiful, salaries are excellent and the profession remains one of the most respected in the nation.
Facts about Pharmacy
- 3rd largest health profession
- 200,000 pharmacists in U.S., with an estimated need for 60,000 new pharmacists by 2012 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Consumers interact with their pharmacist 12 to 15 times a year, compared to 3 or 4 with their physicians
- New graduates are likely to earn starting salaries above $95,000
Today's pharmacists deal with a dynamic world of technology, changing economics, medical breakthroughs and increasing patient awareness of healthcare issues.
As the only health professionals who receive comprehensive education and training about pharmaceuticals at all levels, pharmacists are key members of clinical healthcare teams. Their training provides a base for challenging careers in pharmaceutical and biomedical research too.