Careers in Pharmacy


Possible Pharmacy Career Paths

Pharmacists are the medication expert on the health care team and often the most accessible health care professional for the general public. In addition to the community pharmacy branch of pharmacy there are hundreds of career paths in several different branches of pharmacy. Many pharmacists appreciate the variety of career options available to them and the portability of their Pharm.D. degree to take them where they want to go. Some career opportunities for pharmacists are:


Community Pharmacy Practice

Ambulatory Care (Chronic Disease Management) Pharmacy Practice

  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Disease/Risk
  • Anticoagulation
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis

Consulting Pharmacy

  • Nursing Home Practice
  • Geriatric Pharmacy

Public Service Pharmacy Practice

Institutional (Hospital or Health-System) Pharmacy Practice

  • Medication Distribution and Control
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement
  • Medication Safety and Drug Information
  • Specialty Clinical Practice
    • Cardiology
    • Critical Care
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Oncology
    • Pediatrics
    • Organ Transplants

Managed Care Pharmacy Practice

  • Benefits Management
  • Formulary Management
  • Insurance Companies

Nuclear Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Research and Development
  • Management
  • Communications and Advertising
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Sales

Pharmacy Professional Associations

Poison Control Centers

Regulatory Agencies

Pharmacists may also become board certified through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, in the following specialty areas:

  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
  • Critical Care Pharmacy
  • Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Nutrition Support Pharmacy
  • Oncology Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy


Additional Career Resources

Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is Pharmacy Right For Me?

Pharmacist Demand Indicator

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)