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Is Pharmacy Right for Me?

Pharmacy is often ranked as one of the most rewarding careers in the healthcare industry. Pharmacists enjoy great earning potential, excellent job placement rates, and versatility throughout the span of their careers. But is it right for you? Begin exploring your options with the information and links to additional resources below.

Pharmacists are often on the first line of healthcare. These highly trained professionals play a critical role in the healthcare industry by providing patients with safe, effective medications and expertise on how to use them to optimize their health and wellbeing.

As a pharmacist, you can pursue a career in a wide range of settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, government agencies, long-term care facilities, and much more. And, no matter where your career takes you, the versatility of your degree means you can try something new within your field.

Pharmacy is consistently ranked as one of the most financially rewarding careers. Over 90% of pharmacists reported make more than $100,000 per year, and 45.4% earned between $120,000 and $140,000 yearly. Pharmacists who have a dual degree report earning even more.


Pharmacologists are scientists who study drugs and their actions on the human body. Pharmacologists pursue a different academic path than pharmacists, who are focused more on providing patients with medications and counseling them on their use.

The most common careers in the field of pharmacology involve developing and evaluating medications to ensure their greatest effectiveness and safety. Some pharmacologists conduct research to find cures for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, while others study the toxic effects of chemicals and pollutants. They work in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, private and public research organizations, consulting companies, government agencies, and more. A degree in pharmacology also prepares graduates for a number of Ph.D. programs, including Husson University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The employment outlook and earning potential for pharmacologists is excellent. Over the next decade, the number of positions available for pharmacologists is expected to rise by 11%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported pharmacologists earn an average annual salary of $102,400.


Next Steps

Whether you are interested in working with patients to deliver medication treatment plans or in pharmaceutical research, Husson offers a variety of program options to get you where you want to go.

Learn more about the field of pharmacy here »

Review Pre-requisites and the Curriculum »

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