Pharm D Career in Foreign Countries

Pharm D students wishing to build their career abroad have ample opportunities in countries like the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

A variety of potential options are available to shape up a successful career path in foreign countries after completing Pharm D.

Career After Pharm DCareer After Pharm D

Pharm D is normally a 5 year course with one year of internship. Pharm D graduates can practice individually and are allowed to prescribe medicine to the patients. Pharm D course is based on an experimental and observational curriculum which is tailored to ensure the safe and effective practice of prescribing drugs to the patients. It also involves the training which aids students in familiarizing with real-life experience in dealing with patients. This immensely helps Pharm D students preparing for their future job and in providing effective and proper patient care.

Career Opportunities for Pharm D Students


Besides career as a Clinical Pharmacist, students of Pharm D also have other career options such as:

  • Regulatory Manager
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Staff Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Director of Pharmacy in Hospital
  • Home Healthcare
  • University Lecturer
  • Medical Writing
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Drug Inspector

Pharm D Career in Different Countries

In countries like the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia there is an ever increasing demand for healthcare givers including Pharmacists. Therefore, a pharmacy career abroad is definitely a good career option for those who wish to settle in foreign countries.

Pharm D Career in USA


In the USA, the Pharmacy profession is one of the trusted and respected health care professions. The USA no longer offers BPharm courses, instead they provide 6 years of PharmD courses inclusive of 1 year of training. To register as a Pharmacist in the USA, a 6 year Pharm D degree is mandatory. Based on the Pharm D study, a student becomes eligible to apply for the Pharmacist licensing exam.

Indian Pharm D graduates who wish to become a registered Pharmacist in the USA are eligible to apply for the FPGEE and the NAPLEX exam. For that they need to register with NABP for FPGEC certification.

In other countries, except the USA, B.Pharm graduates are eligible to become a licensed pharmacist. They do not require a PharmD degree. Only in the USA, a Pharm D degree is required to become a pharmacist.

Appearing for the licensing exam:

  • To appear in the licensing exam in the USA, you need to have a valid visa to stay in the USA and take the licensing examination. For that the best option is to take up a masters course and you prepare for the examination along with it.

Courses to study after PharmD in the USA:

  • MS in Public Health
  • MS in Public Healthcare Management
  • MS in Clinical Pharmacology

Pharm D career in Canada:


If you wish to work or study in Canada, you have many good options to go with. There are many courses that you can study after completing Pharm D in Canada. However, a Pharm D degree is not necessarily required to register as a pharmacist in Canada. If you are a Pharm D student you are still eligible for the PEBC licensing exam. Besides, being a licensed Pharmacist, Pharm D students can study various masters and PhD courses such as,

  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Toxicology
  • Master of Science in Pharmacology (Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology – Environmental Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs

Various Job Opportunities in Canada after Pharm D:

  • Pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Pharmacist in charge
  • Clinical Research Scientist
  • Healthcare Consultant

For those who want to save both the money and the time, and want to settle in foreign countries in a short time, Canada is the best option for them. The reason is that PharmD students wishing to go to Canada can take up a 2 years course which makes them eligible for 3 years of post-study work visa.


Can I get a job after Pharm D abroad? Or Can I work abroad after Pharm D?

To get a job abroad after PharmD, either you can be a licensed Pharmacist or there are several job sectors in which you can get a job. However, getting a job abroad directly from your home country might require some years of experience in your desired field of job.

What can I do after PharmD in the foreign countries? Or What are the jobs after Pharm D?

There are ample opportunities abroad for the Pharm D students. PharmD graduates can either study master or PhD programs or they can be a licensed pharmacist, work in various healthcare organizations, research and development, etc.

Which are the top countries with open Pharm D jobs? Or Which country is best for Pharm D jobs?

 If you wish to do a job abroad after Pharm D, the USA is the best country as the requirement to become a licensed pharmacy is PharmD graduates. Nevertheless, if you are looking for easy PR Canada is a good option.

What is the salary of a Pharm D Doctor?

The average PharmD salary per year are as follow:

In the USA: USD$ 128,710

In Canada: CAD$ 99,749

In Australia: AUS$ 80,000

In the UK: £72,515

What does a Pharm D Doctor do?

A PharmD doctor can practice as a clinical pharmacist.

What is the highest salary for Pharm D?

In the USA, Pharm D candidates get the highest salary compared to Canada, the UK, Australia and other countries. However, an entry-level pharmacist’s average salary in the USA is USD$ 55,555 a year.

Can Indian pharmacists get jobs abroad?

Yes, there are several jobs that Indian pharmacists can do abroad. However, if you want to become a pharmacist then you need to give the pharmacy licensing exam in all countries. Besides being a pharmacist, you can make your career in research, academia, healthcare management, industrial pharmacy, etc.

What can I do after Pharm D in the USA?

You can study a master’s program or PhD in the USA after studying Pharm D. After that you can also apply for a licensing exam to become a pharmacist.

Is Indian PharmD valid in the USA?

Yes, Indian PharmD degree is valid for the USA pharmacy licensing exam, i.e., FPGEE, NAPLEX and MPJE

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