University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students’ career development begins in the first year and continues each year, deepening career readiness through graduation.
Students proactively prepare for career opportunities by using the CU Pharmacy Career Plan as a guide. As students engage in the career planning cycle through curricular and co‐curricular activities, they achieve competency in career readiness skills. Success is achieved by navigating the career plan cycle multiple times when pursuing opportunities such as internships, unique APPE rotations, residencies, and employment as a pharmacist.
Career Services offers assistance that will enhance professional development and career skills related to:
Career and self-discovery
Gain awareness of pharmacist career pathways, research salary, and take actionable steps toward your career.
The APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy Professionals helps pharmacy students build awareness of the variety of pharmacy practice areas and includes a decision making process to make informed career decisions. Students can participate in the workshop on campus facilitated by Career Services.
Visit CareerOneStop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor to find resources related to pharmacy certifications, local and national job boards, and find salary information within a specific geographical area.
The Career Exploration series offers students the opportunity to hear from a variety of professionals about their role in pharmacy. The series includes the annual fall Career Exploration Fair and multiple panel discussions with pharmacist practitioners offered in a lunch-and-learn format and is held each semester.
Career planning and application development
Develop both short-term and long-term goals, gain experiences and skills to prepare for the future, and develop application materials for an internship, residency or fellowship, or employment as a pharmacist.
Finding and landing a job in a pharmacy practice setting you'll enjoy is a big deal. And at CU's Skaggs School of Pharmacy, we know it's important to you. That's why we offer several career programs, events, and opportunities for our students to get off on the right foot. Check out our Career Event Calendar for more!
Students at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy can get personalized guidance on their resume, cover letter, career goals, and more. Whether you are looking for a position providing patient care in a hospital or clinical setting or want to open your own practice or deep dive into research, we are here to help get you on the right path for success. Meet our Career Services Manager.
Targeted job search or postgraduate training delivery
Each semester, we host the Hire CU Pharmacy Career Fair and Interview Day designed to give you an insider's perspective into the kinds of jobs you can get with a PharmD. At our fairs, you'll have the opportunity to network with professionals, apply and interview for positions, and find the right career path for you.
Looking for residency? We've got you covered. Many of our students go on to residencies throughout the country. While at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, you'll have the opportunity to attend a residency application workshops that better prepare you to apply for a PGY1 residency program. A PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds upon the PharmD education by contributing to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions.
Nationwide school rankings, licensing pass rates, employment and residency outcomes and on-time graduation rates show that our school is exceptional.