Your Career: What Can I Do with My Degree?

An Entry-to-Practice PharmD degree unlocks a wealth of rewarding career paths in the pharmaceutical sciences. It's not just about dispensing prescriptions. Absolutely, you can join one of the most trusted professions in the world as a practising pharmacist, but there's more to a PharmD than that: you can pursue a career in government health policy, open your own business, or continue your studies toward a meaningful career as a researcher. A world of possibility starts here.

One Degree. So Many Possibilities.

If you're looking for a rewarding career that offers a diversity of choice, you've found it. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists are in great demand, and the field is only getting more interesting. Pharmacists are among society’s most trusted and accessible health care professionals, and they are often the first point of contact for individuals with health concerns.

The practice of pharmacy has become more complex in recent years, with more medicines available and people living longer with more complex medical conditions. Pharmacists have specialized knowledge of medicines, ranging from their discovery, chemistry, synthesis and manufacture to how they work in the body, how they can improve or cure disease, and how to determine if they are working well for a patient.

Upon graduation with your Entry-to-Practice PharmD, you'll be able to choose from a wide range of career opportunities. These will expand as governments and regulatory authorities continue to increase pharmacists' scope of practice in order to meet the demand from patients and the health care system. While many pharmacists work in ambulatory care settings such as community pharmacies or clinics, others choose inpatient care settings such as hospitals or long-term care facilities. In all of these settings, pharmacists work as integral members of health care teams. While their purview varies by province, pharmacists can provide emergency prescription refills, renew and extend prescriptions, change drug dosages and formulations, make therapeutic substitutions, prescribe for minor ailments and conditions, initiate prescription drug therapy, order and interpret lab tests, administer vaccines by injection, and conduct medication reviews to optimize patient medications.

Pharmacists also play an integral role in educating the public on matters of health and medication management. Pharmacists can also choose to further their training by specializing in clinical practice areas such as diabetes management, infectious disease, cardiology, pediatrics, psychiatry, asthma care, travel medicine, geriatrics, oncology and pain management.

Other career opportunities for pharmacists include working in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of sales and marketing, providing consultation services to physicians, and working in research and quality control of medications. Some pharmacists work in administrative roles within institutional or government settings, while others serve as consultants on drug products, pharmacy practice and health policy. Opportunities are also available for pharmacists to work in universities as instructors and researchers. And finally, as a graduate of our program, you can choose to start or manage your own business, or you can further your education through our MSc and PhD programs. UBC Pharm Sci's graduate programs are recognized internationally for excellence in practice, research and innovation.

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