Initial Employment Plans of PharmD Graduates from Ten Public Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy, 2018-2022

Timothy P. Stratton, Lisa Lebovitz, Rosalyn Padiyara Vellurattil, Mary E. Ray, Mary C. Higginbotham, Donald G. Klepser

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OBJECTIVE: Since 2009, the Big Ten Pharmacy Assessment Collaborative has surveyed their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates regarding their first employment plans. The current study updates the results from 2013-2017, since which the nationwide demand for pharmacists decreased, then increased again due to COVID-19. METHODS: Quantitative first-position employment data from 2018-2022 were tracked among 6687 Big Ten PharmD graduates. Outcomes included job/residency/fellowship placement; satisfaction with placement; salary; time spent searching; and perceived difficulty finding placement. RESULTS: Over the study period, 5276 usable surveys were received (survey participation rate 79%). Respondents who reported applying for employment (2699) spent nearly 3 months searching for a position, although 64% had received employment offers before graduation. Annual salaries in pharmacy positions of at least 32 h per week (excluding residencies or fellowships) trended downward from $113,754 in 2018 to $99,175 in 2021, rebounding to $114,097 in 2022. Approximately 42% of respondents who applied for jobs reported difficulty finding a position in 2018 and 2019, decreasing to 20% in 2022. In total, 73% of respondents were satisfied with the offers they received, with 72% finding positions in their preferred job setting. An average of 57% applied for residencies from 2018 to 2022, nearly 10% higher than 2013-2017, with 76% of applicants matching. An additional 19% planned to pursue additional academic degrees, fellowship training, or both. CONCLUSION: From 2018 to 2022, Big Ten PharmD graduates found pharmacy-related first positions to the same extent as did Big Ten PharmD graduates from 2013-2017, at similar salaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100663
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024


  • Education
  • Employment
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy
  • Residencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics


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