PHARMACY COLLEGE graduates who find themselves in a job with a pharmacy school may find it easier to keep track of their duties and work with fellow students.
A study published by the American College Pharmacy Council (ACP) on Thursday found that pharmacy school graduates with a college degree have a higher probability of being assigned to a pharmacy job than graduates with only a high school diploma.
The study, “College Graduates and Pharmacy School Graduates: The Impact of College on Job Search, Job Satisfaction and Compensation,” found that graduates with college degrees have a greater likelihood of being promoted to pharmacy instructor, compared to graduates with no college degree.
The study also found that graduating seniors with a high-school diploma are nearly twice as likely as seniors with only high school education to be promoted to a full-time position within a year of graduating.
“As an industry, we have a growing number of graduates who have graduated from college who have a real opportunity to work in pharmacy and pharmacy school.
But there are still barriers that prevent many graduates from being able to achieve the career progression they would like,” said Peter J. Korte, President and CEO of the American Pharmaceutical Association.
The ACP report said that despite a rise in pharmacy education, the number of positions in the industry has remained static in recent years, and that the current market is one of the most challenging for a number of reasons.
For one, a large number of college graduates are required to go into a pharmacy education program.
Second, pharmacy schools typically require the majority of the pharmacy faculty to have bachelor’s degrees, and a large percentage of those faculty have to be pharmacy faculty, making it hard for those with lower levels of education to gain a competitive advantage in the field.
“It’s a very competitive industry.
It’s a small market.
And it’s very much a highly technical field,” said David F. Miller, President of the College Board.”
So it’s going to take a lot of hard work for those students to succeed.
They’re going to have to take the next step and make it into a position of leadership in their field, but they’re going a long way,” he said.
The report noted that there are many other barriers to entry into the industry.
The ACP study found that only 4% of new pharmacy school applicants have completed more than 30 hours of pharmacy school, compared with 25% of existing pharmacy school students.
More than 70% of the students who were accepted into a drug company’s pharmacy school did not complete the required 30 hours, while only 9% of students who applied to the same position at a public or private hospital were admitted to pharmacy school and the remaining 16% did not take part in pharmacy school at all.
“The fact that so many people who don’t go into pharmacy school are getting into the field is pretty remarkable,” said Dr. Stephen W. Burdette, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Education at Northwestern University School of Medicine.
“If you can show someone that it’s worth it to pursue pharmacy, that’s a real incentive.”
Korte said that there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that pharmacy education can have an impact on job performance and pay.
“We know that education helps a lot in getting an education and that can help you land a job,” he added.
“There’s no doubt that a high percentage of the pharmacists who are working in the pharmacy industry have college degrees, so we have to pay attention to that.”
The report said the most promising route for pharmacy education to become a more viable career option for people with limited or no post-secondary education would be for employers to offer a combination of career counseling, apprenticeship programs, and work experience.
The report said there are currently no plans to offer pharmacists a pathway into these types of programs.