With a pharmacy degree, there are a number of jobs you can consider, all related to dealing with medication and medical devices. What most students don’t know when they begin, however, is that there are many different types of pharmacy careers you can consider. Let’s take a look at the jobs you can hold in this field.
Entry-Level Pharmacy Career Options
If you have a lower-level pharmacy degree, such as an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree, you can still pursue a pharmacy-related position. First, you can consider becoming a pharmacy aide. In some states, you don’t need any degree to hold this position, which makes it a great part-time job option for students. As a pharmacy aide, some of your job duties will include running a cash register, stocking shelves, and providing basic customer service. Next, you can become a pharmacy technician. In this role, which is regulated by a certification board, you’ll be able to do the same tasks as a pharmacy aid, along with preparing prescription medications for customers.
Upper Level Pharmacy Jobs
Once you have an advanced degree, you can become a full-fledged pharmacist, which allows you to not only prepare medications, but also to answer customer questions about their prescriptions and, in some cases, work with doctors and nurses to prescribe treatments and administer doses, injections, etc. To become a pharmacist, you must have a doctorate degree and pass the NAPLEX exam. Most pharmacists work in retail settings, but you can also become a clinical pharmacist, working in a hospital or other medical facility. With experience, you can also take a leadership role, overseeing other pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and aides. These pharmacists are usually called pharmacy directors or pharmacists in charge.
A completely different career path to take in the pharmacy field is to work in sales. In this position, your job will be to travel (in most cases) and talk to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals about their drug options. Typically, pharmaceutical representatives work for single company who is attempting to convince healthcare providers to prescribe their medications or use their products over other similar medications and products. You don’t need a doctorate degree to get started as a sales rep in the pharmaceutical field, which makes it an attractive option for those interested in the industry, but who don’t want to spend even more time in college.