Those who are unaware of the breadth of career options available to Pharm.D. graduates might be surprised that Elizabeth serves as an infectious diseases clinical specialist for the Cleveland Clinic. Yet this is just one example of the type of work available to those who pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
“I am also the residency program director for the PGY-2 infectious diseases residency program,” Elizabeth says. “My degree from STLCOP provided the foundation of my pharmacotherapy knowledge base and instilled the importance of life-long learning.”
The Changing Role of PharmacistsPharmacists are in demand. The Pharmacy Manpower Project Inc. reports that by 2020 there will be a shortfall of about 157,000 pharmacists nationwide, and many different health care, pharmaceutical research, and teaching institutions will be seeking pharmacy leaders for a wide range of positions. Whether you want to work with patients in a community setting, own your own business, consult with physicians and nurses as part of an hospital or clinic team, conduct laboratory research on new types of drug therapies, or teach, you can find a rewarding career in the pharmacy profession.
- Interested in some hard and fast numbers about the pharmacy profession? Check out the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here you’ll find the latest information about compensation, demand for pharmacists, industry trends and more.
- The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) offers information about a variety of career options. Some of the areas covered include academic pharmacy, ambulatory care, community pharmacy, consulting, government positions, informatics, managed care, and pharmaceutical sciences.
- Further reading is available from the U.S. Public Health Service, which submitted a report, “Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice,” to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin in 2011. Benjamin responded that “the report demonstrates through evidence-based outcomes that many expanded pharmacy practice models (implemented in collaboration with physicians or as part of a health team) improve patient and health system outcomes and optimize primary care access and delivery.”
We Can Help You Narrow It Down
If all this seems overwhelming, relax. St. Louis College of Pharmacy is here to help. We provide information, resources, and guidance to assist students in identifying their specific interests and seeking career opportunities.
Pharmacist Kilinyaa Cothran, director of professional student affairs, is your go-to source for career advice and planning. She helps STLCOP students create curriculum vitaes (also known as CVs, an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications), resumes and cover letters, offers tips for successful job interviews, and directs students to available residencies, internships and job openings. And don’t forget to ask about the STLCOP Career Fair, an annual event that serves as a wealth of information and networking opportunities.