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Pharmacists are the medication experts, and they are key players in a wide array of health care settings. Working with physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other health professionals, pharmacists play a critical role in medication management for millions of patients every day. The complexities of many patients’ multi-diagnosis, multi-treatment situations require knowledgeable, well-educated pharmacists. Hospitals, clinics, long-term care centers, and community pharmacies all count on caring pharmacists to manage one of health care’s most important functions. A combination of clinical know-how and personal care attract dynamic, enthusiastic individuals to help keep patients healthy.
There are opportunities for pharmacists in other, more specialized areas, too. Some STLCOP graduates choose to become college professors, teaching the next generation of pharmacists. Others find their niche in the military, government, insurance, public health, research, or pharmaceutical industry. Our faculty and preceptors serve as mentors who help students identify and prepare for whatever area of practice they wish to pursue.
In addition to the satisfaction of serving society and patients, St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduates enter a profession that will experience faster than average job growth through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Learn more about What to Expect at STLCOP.
- Take a closer look at Campus Life.
- Explore your options in more detail. Check out the variety of pharmacy Careers.
Why Do Our Students Want to Be Pharmacists?
We asked. Here are their answers:
95% – want to help people or society
34% – have been positively influenced by a health professional
23% – have a role model in the pharmacy profession
18% – have a pharmacist in the family
13% – are related to or acquainted with a STLCOP graduate
9% – are already working in a pharmacy
STLCOP students come from all walks of life, joined together on our campus to pursue their common goal of earning a Pharm.D. degree. Meet Our Students
For more information and statistics, see the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Pharmacists.