The expanding role of pharmacists in patient care has led to an explosion in demand for well-educated practitioners.

The number of employed pharmacists is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2012 and 2022.

 U.S. News & World Report puts pharmacist at number eight on its 2015 list of the best paying jobs.

The doctor of pharmacy career path offers not only good earning potential, but also room for professional growth and the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. The majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies or hospitals, but there is a wide array of career options, such as:

  • Academic pharmacy
  • Community practice
  • Government agencies
  • Hospice and home care
  • Hospital and institutional practice
  • Long-term care or consulting pharmacy
  • Managed care pharmacy
  • Medical and scientific publishing
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Trade or professional associations
  • Uniformed (public health) services industry breakdown

See where UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy graduates end up.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2014 median salary of pharmacists nationally was $120,950. The average salary is $123,050 in North Carolina.

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