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These 3 skills will open the doors to non-traditional pharmacy

OK, so this post isn't exactly in the world of pharmacy compliance, but I thought many of my readers would be interested in hearing more about non-traditional paths in pharmacy. I've gradually moved more and more into the non-traditional world, and in this post we'll look at just a few things that can help you get there!


When many pharmacists talk about developing their skills or advancing careers, they often talk about it within the context of clinical knowledge and skills: pursuing board certifications, moving into a more ‘clinical’ role (though I think it’s time to stop using that word), or taking certificate courses to enhance clinical knowledge. While these are all excellent pathways, in this post we’ll look at other, nonclinical career-enhancing skills that are often overlooked.

Skill #1: Project Management

Project management skills are in high demand right now, and I have seen a lot of jobs either requiring or preferring both a pharmacy background and project management experience. According to the Project Management Institute, project managers are “change agents: they make project goals their own and use their skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team. They enjoy the organized adrenaline of new challenges and the responsibility of driving business results.”

Project managers ensure that any new initiative, like opening a new pharmacy or piloting and expanding a new service, meet the organization’s project goals. That has sometimes been defined as the “iron triangle” of time (i.e. deadline), scope, and cost, though other models have also been proposed.

How to get it:

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the most widely recognized credential in the field of project management. However, it requires 36 months of experience leading projects and 35 hours project management education/training. For those that have already gotten into the field