CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Crystal Taylor

All students are invited to explore college and career opportunities Tuesday, Nov. 5 with guest speaker Crystal Taylor from the University of Toledo’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

According to Taylor, studies show that by the year 2020 there will be a national shortage of pharmacists, with about 14,000 spots to fill in this region of the country alone. Meanwhile, the number of college of pharmacy graduates continues to rise. Ohio colleges ranked sixth nationally in the number of students receiving first year pharmacy degrees in 2011*.

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Careers in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences present rewarding opportunities to work closely with patients. Professionals are trusted to provide safe and effective medications as well as daily counseling, said Taylor. Career paths also include jobs in forensic science, pharmaceutical sales, and drug design research and development.

High School seniors with an interest in the field are encouraged to consider applying to UT’s summer Pharmacy Camp, which takes place in June 2014. Campers experience what it’s like to be a pharmacy student, living in a residence hall and working in the school’s state-of-the-art pharmacy practice lab over four days and three nights.

The University of Toledo is a member of the Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy as one of only seven schools in the state home to programs. Pharmacy students at UT have an on-time graduation rate of over 90 percent according to the school’s Web site.

Learn more about the field and the UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences this week during homeroom CJ STEMM Idol Speaker presentations in the library.