School of Pharmacy
As well as working as a community or hospital pharmacist, pharmacy graduates can also find opportunities in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and with regulatory bodies. There are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the link below from Prospects may help you to decide.
You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:
Here is a short list of the the kinds of roles you could explore with your pharmacy degree. Click on each role to find out more:
- Community pharmacist
- Hospital pharmacist
- Research scientist (medical)
- Clinical research associate
- Higher education lecturer
- Medical sales representative
- Medical science liaison
- Product/process development scientist
- Regulatory affairs officer
There are a large number of companies that Pharmacy graduates can apply to, some large, multinational companies and some smaller regional companies. Some companies recruit through their own websites so it is helpful to start by highlighting some relevant companies that you may be interested in and search their career pages on their websites for their opportunities. Here you can find sites that will support you with finding roles and who recruit Pharmacy graduates:
- The home of Pharmacy jobs
- The Pharmaceutical Journal Jobs
- NHS Jobs
- Medical Research Council
- Nature Careers
- New Scientist
Before starting your job search, identify the industries in which you would like to enter. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. Below are some examples of employers who employ Pharmacy Graduates-
- The NHS
- private sector for companies such as BMI Healthcare, BUPA and Nuffield Health
- NHS trusts may also employ locum pharmacists to work in their hospital pharmacy departments
- High street pharmacies
- GP Surgeries
- Health Centres
There are many sites that can support you with your personal development at the start of your career and also during your career journey, look at their sites to see how you can develop professionally-
Graduate Scheme Options
A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation. These are usually generalist schemes. They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation over a specialist route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline.
Equality and Diversity Initiatives and Resources
Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school.
If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in pharmacy, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.