2008 Graduates Choose Retail, Hospitals

About 70 percent of our May 2008 pharmacy graduates plan to work in a retail setting, according to an exit survey answered by 74 of the 89 graduates. Hospital pharmacy was the next largest employer after chain and independent pharmacies, attracting 17 of our students. Another 16 students planned to do a residency where they will get one year of more specialized pharmacy education.

All but one student said they worked a paying job at some time during pharmacy school, with 60 of the 74 saying at least some of their work was in a community pharmacy. About one-half the students were working 10 to 20 hours a week during their third year of school, but that shifted during the fourth (the last) year to about 60 percent either not working or working less than 10 hours a week.

Only two of the 74 students said they did not borrow money to pay for their education.