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6 Nontraditional Pharmacy Jobs and Careers Category: Pharmacy by - January 24, 2013 | Views: 135997 | Likes: 1 | Comment: 1  

Professional Organizations

There are several positions available for pharmacists within professional pharmacy organizations such as American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Make no mistake these are businesses just like any other business and there are several career opportunities. If you have an interest in lobbying, politics, and have good speaking and leadership skills you may rise very far in this setting.

Academic Pharmacist

Academic pharmacists work in schools of pharmacy or medicine where they conduct research, publish articles, and teach future healthcare professionals. Most pharmacists do not aspire to be professors because faculty positions are not the highest paying positions in the profession. However, what they lack in salary they make up for in better work-life balance. As a professor, you get the satisfaction of developing future pharmacy leaders. Faculty members also have time to pursue other interests that can be lucrative.

Medication Therapy Management

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is a hot topic. It is not surprising because MTM promises the opportunity for pharmacists to use their training as independent healthcare providers, help improve healthcare, and receive fair compensation. If pharmacists also receive provider status in the Social Security Act this could usher in an era of pharmacist entrepreneurs and expand the profession in a new direction. It is interesting that many hospitals and community pharmacies are posting MTM positions.

Health Informatics

The entire healthcare system is dependent on numerous technologies and information systems which include computers and complex databases for storing, analyzing, and retrieving medical information. The professionals who specialize in the application, deployment, and management of these systems are Health Informatics professionals. The growth in the use of electronic medical records is fueling growth in this field. Pharmacists that specialize in technologies and information systems that aid in the delivery of medications and provision of care are known as Informatics Pharmacists and the field is called Pharmacy Informatics.


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