Deciding to pursue any professional degree isn’t something you can do overnight. As you weigh options for a professional program, we ask you to consider pharmacy. Choosing pharmacy requires careful thought and we encourage you to reach out and learn more about UMKC’s programs. Not quite ready to reach out? Want to dig a bit deeper? We recommend the website Is Pharmacy for Me?
What’s it Worth?
The median starting salary for our graduates is about $125,000 a year and pharmacy is routinely ranked among the most trusted professions. Several professional and business publications rate the risk of pharmacy jobs being lost to automation as low. The aging population, changes in access to care and health care delivery systems positioning pharmacists as pivotal on the team, and the availability of new medications on the market each year are all factors that increase opportunities for our graduates.
Does This Sound Like You?
If you find yourself agreeing with the following questions, you’ll fit right in at the School of Pharmacy:
- Do you want to serve your community and improve people’s health?
- Do you like working with people?
- Do you want to help those in need?
- Do you have strong communication skills?
- Do you like chemistry, biology and math?
- Are you a critical thinker, detailed-oriented and organized?
- Do you think quickly on your feet?
- Do you like to work on teams?
- Are you comfortable using technology?
Top Five Reasons to Become a Pharmacist
We could spend the whole day explaining why we love what we do, but we think these five things will make it clear.
- Well-rounded career: Pharmacy is an exciting blend of science, direct patient care, management and technology.
- Vital member of the health-care team: Pharmacists play an integral role in improving patients’ health through the medicine and information they provide.
- Excellent earning potential: The Pharm.D. degree is a good investment. Pharmacy remains one of the most financially stable and rewarding careers in health care. The median starting salary for our graduates going into practice exceeds $125,000 a year.
- Outstanding opportunities: There is a need for pharmacists in a wide variety of health care settings, private sector and government settings. Pharmacy offers evolving roles and opportunities as healthcare evolves to meet the changing needs of patients.
- Trusted profession: Pharmacists are consistently ranked as one of the most highly trusted professionals because of the quality of care and service they provide.
Features of Your New Career
You may recognize the pharmacist from your local pharmacy, but our profession is much more diverse. Pharmacists also work in hospitals, outpatient clinics and doctors’ offices, universities, government agencies, insurance companies and the private sector.
Pharmacists use their understanding of science, health care systems, medical literature, technology, people and their behavior to increase the likelihood that medications and other treatments will cure or prevent diseases, reduce symptoms or slow the progression of disease.