University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy

Careers in Pharmacy

If you are a highly motivated student with a strong interest in science and are committed to improving the health of your fellow man, then becoming a pharmacist, or working in the pharmaceutical or health care industries may be the right prescription for your future.

Taking care of the baby

While many of our graduates choose to practice community pharmacy in independent, chain or supermarket pharmacies, others practice in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health-care organizations, hospice centers, specialty pharmacies and even veterinary clinics. They also work in the pharmaceutical industry, law enforcement and government, as well as private companies and universities.

Average annual starting salaries of our recent graduates range from $105,000 to $122,000, depending upon where they practice. Few degrees match a pharmacy degree's versatility, value and return on investment.

All of our academic degree programs–bachelor's, master's, Pharm.D. and Ph.D.–foster mastery of the practical and theoretical knowledge and analytical, communications and teamwork skills needed in today's rapidly changing health care environment. Because of this balance of knowledge and skills, our graduates are leaders and managers in biomedical research companies, hospitals, government agencies, universities, trade organizations, Fortune 500 companies and every imaginable pharmacy practice setting.

Our cutting-edge classes and degree programs will prepare you for a richly rewarding career or for a residency, a fellowship or graduate study in many fields, and make you the right prescription for employers everywhere.

While the majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, there is an unprecedented demand for pharmacists in a wide variety of occupational settings.

Students talking to the professor in the hallway

The 80 career options for a licensed pharmacists include:

  • Academic Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
  • Consultant Pharmacy
  • Federal pharmacy - Armed Services
  • Federal pharmacy - Public Health
  • Hospital and Institutional Pharmacy
  • Informatics
  • Managed Care Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences/Industry

For more information on these pharmacy careers, visit the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Career Site.