Academic pharmacists have many key responsibilities, including training future pharmacists and conducting research. Research may include laboratory studies to evaluate findings with other scientific data; research also is done on patient compliance, wellness and other disease-related measurements. In addition to sharing pharmaceutical knowledge and information with other health care professionals and students, academic pharmacists also speak at industry events, contribute to science and education publications, and advise student pharmacists. Some academic pharmacists also have direct contact with patients.
Key benefits: Flexible schedule, interaction with students, good opportunity for advancement.
Academic pharmacists help educate the pharmacist workforce.
Consider obtaining advanced degrees, certification, and residencies.
Be prepared for occasional stress, as the work load varies through out the year.
Must be able to balance heavy administrative loads and keep strict deadlines.