How Do I Get There?



Find a mentor


Connect with a person who is familiar with pharmacy that can give you advice and answer your questions. This could be a science teacher, guidance counselor, family member, local pharmacist, etc.


 

Meet with your guidance counselor


Make sure you are taking the right math and sciences classes, such as chemistry, biology, physics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. English, history, foreign languages, business and computer classes also are a plus!


 

Gain experience


Experience the daily routine of a pharmacist by asking to spend a day with a pharmacist in your area or volunteering at a community health center or hospital. Speak to student pharmacists and ask them what high school classes they felt were most important for helping them prepare for a pharmacy education.


 

Work in a pharmacy


Many pharmacies employ young workers in part-time or summer jobs such as cashiers, clerks or assistants.


 

A  job that gives you exposure to the daily life of a pharmacist can help you decide whether this career is for you. But remember, pharmacy is a diverse field so if one area of pharmacy doesn't interest you, there are many more areas to choose from.


Use online resources


Explore pharmacy websites, such as the APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program, to learn about your different options and career paths.


 

 

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