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Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BScPharm) degree, you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities. The majority of graduates enter community pharmacy practice. You might also find working in a hospital pharmacy an interesting challenge, particularly in view of pharmacists’ expanding role within the clinical setting. As well, the pharmaceutical industry provides opportunities for pharmacists in the fields of sales and marketing, production, research, and quality control.

The increased role of federal and provincial governments in public health has provided opportunities for pharmacists in analytical laboratories and in administrative positions as consultants, government inspectors, and health officers. Opportunities are also available in universities as teachers and researchers.

If you wish to practice as a licensed pharmacist, you’ll need a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BScPharm). If you wish to teach or do research, a Master of Science (MSc) degree or further postgraduate study is usually required.

Some of the career options you might consider with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy include:

  • pharmacist
  • pharmaceutical sales
  • drug researcher
  • clinical specialty practices in such areas as infectious diseases, paediatrics, psychiatry, intensive care, or cardiology
  • policy maker or advisor in federal or provincial government, regarding drug products and pharmacy practice
  • lawyer, journalist or consultant specializing in pharmaceutical issues

Alumnus story

From community practice to policy making
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According to College of Pharmacy alumnus Warren Meek, the future beyond the Pharmacy program “is as broad or narrow as graduates want it to be.” Read about the career paths Mr. Meek has followed—and how he gives back to communities far from Nova Scotia.

"If you have the desire to work with patients as well as other health-care professionals, you can have a very rewarding career."