Pharmacists may be employed in hospitals, clinics, or community pharmacies. Other employment opportunities might include being sales representatives for drug manufacturers and wholesalers, teaching pharmacy colleges, developing new medicines, editing & writing articles for pharmaceutical journals, and administrative work.

Educational Qualifications

To obtain a license to practice pharmacy, students must complete a bachelor’s degree and enroll in an accredited pharmacy school, pass the state board exam and complete an internship under a registered pharmacist.

Job Outlook

Jobs in the field of pharmacy are expected to grow by25% through the year 2014.

Entering Salary

The national average income for pharmacists is $88,650 and the average California income is $97,260.

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2014). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh