Why Pharmacy?

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Help people get the best results from their medications

The pharmacist is an accessible liaison whom patients can talk to face-to-face, without an appointment. He or she is someone who can answer health-related questions — what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs could have an effect on medication or what to do about a missed dose.

Essentially, pharmacy jobs help people with almost anything related to the use of medicines, which means they help people to stay as healthy as possible. If this sounds interesting to you, then perhaps becoming a pharmacist — a trusted, caring, and knowledgeable health care professional — might very well be you.  Learn more about pharmacy here.

Pharmacists are the medication experts

The pharmacist is a key health care professional in helping people achieve the best results from their medications

Patients Stories of Pharmacists' Care

Pharmacy is practiced in a wide range of settings

  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Long term care facilities
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Mail service
  • Managed care
  • Government

Find a pharmacy career that fits you!

How can I practice pharmacy?

Learn how 70% of University of Minnesota PharmD graduates practice pharmacy in areas other than community pharmacy:


Reasons to become a pharmacist

  • Help people get well

  • Work directly with patients

  • Enjoy a wide variety of career opportunities

  • There is a demand for pharmacists

  • Be an important member of the healthcare team

  • Job mobility, stability, and flexibility

  • Be a part of major innovations in medication therapy

  • Work with state of the art technology

Areas in clinical pharmacy

Adult medicine Intravenous drug therapy
Ambulatory care Medical oncology
Critical care Nutrition
Drug information Pain management
Emergency department Pediatrics
Geriatrics Pharmacokinetics
Immunication services Poison control
Infectious diseases Psychiatric
Internal medicine