FIELDS OF EDUCATION, CAREER OPTIONS AND PROSPECTUS

PHARMACY

   

Career Prospects

Pharmacy has varied career opportunities for the students which are discussed below:

Community pharmacies pharmacists own, manage or are employed in pharmacies, where they provide pharmaceutical care to patients, including preparing and dispensing medications and answering questions about drugs.

Hospitals and medical centers pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care to patients and drug information services to other health care practitioners. They can specialize in fields such as oncology, infectious disease, psychiatry and other areas.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists are involved in research, development of drug information materials and sales of pharmaceutical products (advanced studies may be needed for some careers in industry).

Federal and provincial agencies pharmacists deal with laws to protect the public with respect to drug products and pharmacy practice, and work in RCMP forensic laboratories.

Universities pharmacy professors educate future professionals and conduct research (advanced studies are needed for this career path).

In addition, pharmacists may specialize in nuclear pharmacy (controlling the use of radioactive drugs used for patient diagnosis and therapy) and consultant pharmacy (providing information on pharmacy systems and services to institutions - primarily nursing homes. Additional areas of pharmacy practice include the military, Center for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Public Health Service, Health Maintenance Organizations, and academia.

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