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Pharmacy Careers at VA
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Gain the skills and benefits that define your career.
Can I find a place to grow?
Our pharmacists have unique opportunities, like running disease-based clinics and participating in clerkships. Our focus on your career and personal development is what makes VA unlike any other health care system. LEARN MORE
Will my compensation be competitive?
In addition to comparable pay, we offer a collection of benefits not found in the private sector, such as generous loan repayment benefits and up to 26 vacation days when you join our team. LEARN MORE
How will I tackle my student loans?
Getting a doctorate in pharmacology is expensive. The last thing a new graduate wants to think about is paying back thousands of dollars. That’s why we help you pay down your debt. We want you to focus on our patients, not your loans. LEARN MORE
Are there opportunities to specialize?
We provide more pharmacy specialization opportunities than anywhere in the private sector. Areas of focus include anticoagulation, lipid management, endocrinology, women’s health, and much more. LEARN MORE
Develop your career and expand your skills.
Is it easy to move while working for VA?
Yes, you can practice in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with only one active state license. This means you have more freedom to pursue opportunities in your life and career. LEARN MORE
How can I transition from a retail pharmacy?
Your transition to a VA pharmacy practice is supported in many ways, from extensive orientation and advanced clinical pharmacy training, to tuition reimbursement and nationwide network of more than 6,000 pharmacists from which you can learn. LEARN MORE
How can I develop as a leader?
We’re always looking for new leaders. Pharmacists can pursue opportunities with the Chief of Pharmacy Services, Directors of Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy, and Pharmacist Executives (regionally and nationally). LEARN MORE
How can I gain recognition in my field?
With our unique patient base, Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) System, and new facilities, our pharmacists can contribute to groundbreaking clinical and epidemiological research.
How can I balance work with raising a family?
Your work is important, but not as important as your family. We firmly believe in a strong work/life balance for our pharmacists. That’s why we offer generous vacation time, as well as a more predictable work schedule. LEARN MORE
Build on a lifetime of experience.
Will I be able to lead research?
VA is one of the largest clinical research organizations in the U.S., conducting more than 10,000 studies across the U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Our intramural funding allows our physicians to develop studies that will most help their patients.
Can I help train a new generation of pharmacists?
With the VHA Mentor and Coach Certification Program, we have a strong culture of mentorship and support. With years of experience, we encourage all of our senior staff members to give back to the next generation of pharmacists. LEARN MORE
Will I have the opportunity to move into administration?
Yes, we pride ourselves on being an organization that grows with you. If you’re looking for a new challenge, we have specialized in-house training, continuing education, and formal development programs to give you new opportunities throughout your career. LEARN MORE
How are VA retirement benefits?
Our benefits will help ensure retirement is everything you want it to be. VA employees are covered by the Federal Retirement System (FERS), which includes Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is similar to a 401(k). LEARN MORE