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Careers in Pharmacy

Careers in Pharmacy

U.S. News and World Report names Pharmacists one of the Best Jobs of 2012, citing salary, job opportunities and combination of skills required, including interpersonal, technical and organizational. With more than 56,000 community pharmacies in the U.S., pharmacists are considered the most accessible healthcare professionals to the public. Today's pharmacists have a vast array of career opportunities to choose from. The profession is one of the most respected in the nation and pharmacists play key leadership roles in all aspects of health care. Pharmacists are compensated well: new graduates are likely to earn starting salaries above $95,000, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Career variety – There is a wide variety of career opportunities for pharmacists in the areas of community pharmacy, hospitals or health systems, academia, research, industry, regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, and medical publishing. In addition, a career as a pharmacist includes the benefits of job mobility, stability and flexibility. Practice settings include: