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Pharmacy Jobs in Industry

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by chemistpharmd, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. chemistpharmd

    Sep 25, 2017
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    I want to know how is the job market for pharmacists in industry. I know that most people are saying that pharmacy jobs in retail is saturated. Is industry also saturated? Can I find a job in industry after getting my PharmD? I already have Master's degree in Chemistry as well.
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  3. steveysmith54

    steveysmith54 Member
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    Dec 28, 2005
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    Many posts about this topic. In short, most jobs in industry require a fellowship. This is an additional one year of training after pharmacy school, has competitive application cycle. Two other things to keep in mind is location, obviously a lot of areas don't have jobs for this type of work. Second, industry jobs tend to have a lot of turnover and most people don't stay at one job for too long.
  4. stoichiometrist

    7+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2011
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    Industry is actually far more saturated than retail and typically requires fellowship and/or special connections. Industry is considered to be a unicorn area of pharmacy that consists of a miniscule portion of all pharmacist jobs where a significant percent of pharmacy students want to end up.

    Just look at this graph for your reference:

  5. UGAZ

    UGAZ SDN Gold Donor
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    Jan 13, 2015
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    Students have no clue how real life works. When I was in school, professors kept preaching about clinical pharmacists and how wonderful it is to be a clinical pharmacist. The picture is very rosy but the reality is far from that.

    Most graduates will end up in retail. I would say 80%. The rest will enter hospital/long term care, mail order. Industry job is even rarer. If you are lucky, there will be 1 opening per year in your state. And you have to compete with 500 applications. Good luck.
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