Whatever your interests, a career in pharmacy can be rewarding in a number of ways.
Pharmacists play an important role in helping people get the best results from their medications. The pharmacist is an accessible liaison whom patients can talk to face-to-face, without an appointment. He or she is someone who can answer health-related questions — what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs could have an effect on medication or what to do about a missed dose. Essentially, pharmacists help people with almost anything related to the use of medicines, which means they help people to stay as healthy as possible. If this sounds interesting to you, then perhaps becoming a pharmacist — a trusted, caring, and knowledgeable health care professional — might very well be you.
• Am I a good listener?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, pharmacy may very well be the right career path for you.
Pharmacy is a great career choice for the right person — someone who understands and appreciates the responsibilities involved with being a health practitioner. If you possess most of the following characteristics, there’s a good chance that pharmacy may be right for you.
Here are some other reasons why pharmacy may be such a rewarding career:
An Exciting Career Choice
Pharmacy combines science, health care, computer technology, business, math and counseling. Often, jobs in the sciences involve limited interaction with the public, but pharmacy offers a rare balance of independence and interaction with customers, which can be very appealing if you’re a "people person." If you’re looking for adventure, you might be surprised to learn that pharmacy can be very exciting; there’s a place for pharmacists out on the front lines, offering services during natural disasters, epidemics, and other crises.
A Trusted Profession
Pharmacists are consistently ranked as some of the most highly trusted professionals because of the important care and health-related services they provide. If friends and/or family members frequently turn to you for advice, pharmacy may be a great field for you to explore.
Room to Grow
There is a need for pharmacists in a wide variety of work settings: community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, the pharmaceutical industry, mail order pharmacy centers, managed care organizations, and government agencies (Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Public Health Service). What’s more, those with advanced pharmacy training can often move easily between these different areas. Pharmacy can offer many interesting opportunities over the course of your entire career.
Excellent Earning Potential and Job Security
Pharmacy is one of the most financially rewarding careers. The median expected salary for a pharmacist is $111,570 per year. Also, pharmacists are consistently in demand, even in times of economic downturns, war, political reform and natural disasters, so there is a relatively high level of job security that comes with a career in pharmacy. Great pharmacists pursue continuing education opportunities not only because they are required to in order to maintain their licenses, but also because they are interested in new developments in the industry. They also keep up with research journals and other relevant news.