As the face of healthcare continues to change, the role of the pharmacist is also changing. With advances in medical technology, many new opportunities are opening up for pharmacists. Some of these opportunities are within more traditional career paths, while others are novel roles.
To break into these new types of jobs, pharmacists need to be creative, to network, and to work with pharmacy organizations. These positions may also require specialized training through a residency, certificate program, or fellowship.
Some pharmacists are designing their own careers by becoming entrepreneurs. This often begins when the pharmacist becomes involved in a particular project or works to solve a particular problem in the profession, and the work expands into a viable revenue source. Some pharmacists are combining their pharmacy degree with an MBA to help them in their work as entrepreneurs.
Pharmacy leaders are encouraging pharmacists to explore new types of business models where they can apply their expertise and work to find sponsors and investors for their ideas. A pharmacy degree provides the expertise needed for many novel pursuits within the profession, such as consulting, wellness coaching, medication therapy management, medical writer, and speaker.
As a consultant, pharmacists can advise different organizations, such as pharmacy schools, long-term care providers, and other healthcare facilities. Pharmacists can provide medication therapy management working in telehealth platforms and with insurance companies.
Other Unconventional Roles
Other nontraditional roles include working for the FDA, in nuclear pharmacy and poison control.
Pharmacists with the FDA do work like evaluating drug proposals, monitoring drugs already on the market for safety and effectiveness, doing research, advising other administrators, and project management. Nuclear pharmacists oversee the use of radioactive medications, the handling, compounding, and dispensing of the drugs, as well as ensuring that the drugs are used safely. Pharmacists can also work as toxicology specialists, helping patients who have been exposed to harmful drugs or other types of substances. They also advise a variety of organizations about poison control, including police, schools, and healthcare providers.
The pharmaceutical industry also offers a number of unconventional job opportunities, although they often require specialized training provided by the industry through fellowship programs. Pharmacists can work in the areas of research and development, drug information, quality control, drug regulation, and marketing.
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