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Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Major

Pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.

There are 8 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in pharmacy, 73 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 152 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 254 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Pharmacy Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 2,700 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 63% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of pharmacy majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 24.2%
  • Black or African American: 5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 3.7%
  • White: 55.4%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 4.7%
  • Other Races: 7%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in pharmacy. About 4.7% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending pharmacy majors to the U.S. are India, China and South Korea.

What Will You Learn as a Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to pharmacy to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Pharmacy Majors

Pharmacy majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Majors

Skills for Pharmacy Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to pharmacy:

Important Skills for Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Majors

Abilities for Pharmacy Majors

As you progress with your pharmacy degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for pharmacy Majors

What Can You Do With a Pharmacy Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with pharmacy:

Careers Related to Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Marketing Managers






Health Specialties Professors



Sales Managers



Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists



Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Major Salary

Pharmacy majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $122,000 to $140,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Pharmacy Major  ( 122000 to 140000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Major Jobs

Some careers associated with pharmacy require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for pharmacy careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Programs

There are 73 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences, with 1 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Major Worth It?

The median salary for a pharmacy grad is $124,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 218% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,695,400 after 20 years!

pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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