Career Opportunities for Practicing Pharmacists
Exploring a Transition to the Pharmaceutical Industry
Many practicing pharmacists are exploring alternatives to traditional pharmacy careers. Since pharmacists working in the pharmaceutical industry hold challenging roles and have a high degree of job satisfaction, it is no surprise that industry has become a popular pathway. But breaking into industry isn’t easy!
IPhO is here to help you determine if the pharmaceutical industry is the right path for you! And if it is, we offer a comprehensive set of benefits and services to help you get there.
Below is a carefully curated set of resources to guide you as you evaluate your future in the pharmaceutical industry. Good luck!
Industry 101: A Certificate Course
The pharmaceutical industry is one big mystery if you are on the outside looking in! How are new medications developed? How are pharmacists involved? What are the different roles and how do I know which one is right for me?
Thankfully, you are in the right place! For answers to these questions and more, register today for this introductory course that will provide a foundation of industry knowledge.
Entry-Level Industry Jobs for PharmDs
IPhO is pleased to provide you with a list of direct-to-industry, entry-level job opportunities, updated frequently! Here, you can search by company and/or position name and view recent postings to optimize your chances of applying early and securing a role. Be sure to sign up for alert emails to be notified each day when new positions are added!
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Industry Career Coaching
IPhO Career Coaches have spent the past 10 years working with over 1,000 clients, including many practicing pharmacists looking to break into the pharmaceutical industry. Coaches can help you develop and evaluate your industry CV, prepare for your interviews, evaluate functional areas, and much more. Meet our coaches and learn more!
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Paths to Industry Stories
One of the best ways to learn how to break into industry is by hearing how others did it! These stories were all submitted by pharmacists who secured a direct-to-industry role, and they provide key information about how they prepared, who they reached out to, and what transferable skills/experiences they highlighted during their application process.
Industry Pathfinder is a unique set of resources to support pharmacists who are looking to break into industry and advance their career. It includes descriptions/videos of key functional areas in industry for PharmDs, skills necessary to excel in industry, and even sample job descriptions!
Find Your Path
CAREERxcel Web Series: Industry CVs
Presented by the IPhO Diversity Team, the National Pharmaceutical Association, and Howard University Fellowship Program with support from Young Black Pharma, CAREERxcel will help aspiring industry pharmacists develop a stand-out CV and the interviewing skills needed to succeed.
If you are a paid IPhO member and you have a question about preparing for the industry application process, just ask us! A member of the IPhO leadership team will respond to your question, so you know you are getting a reputable, experienced answer!
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Breaking Into Industry Webinar
Several recent PharmD graduates share their personal journeys on how they successfully secured an industry role. This event was co-hosted by the local IPhO Chapters at the University of Florida and Mercer University.
Complimentary Dual IPhO/MAPS Membership!
IPhO and the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) have teamed up to offer you a "2 for 1" membership plan. IPhO paid members interested in Medical Affairs can now automatically become MAPS members.
Industry Pharmacist Job Satisfaction Analysis
The IPhO Industry Pharmacist Job Satisfaction Analysis shows that roughly 80% of industry pharmacists are highly satisfied with their practice setting. Job satisfaction data in community and hospital settings averages half that amount. Today, more students and post-graduates are pursuing a pharmaceutical industry career than ever before.
Entry-Level Jobs Secured by 2022 Graduates
View a list of actual industry jobs that were secured by Class of 2022 PharmD graduates who did not complete a fellowship. You can browse by employer and functional area.