A career in pharmacy is one of the top careers in the country, according to rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. Pharmacist is ranked third in the annual listing of jobs across the nation, and second in the health care category.

"This verifies what I have always thought was the case," said Dr. John Pieper, president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. "I think it speaks to the fact that pharmacy is viewed nationally as an exciting, challenging profession."

The report stated, "Job prospects should be excellent in the field in the years to come, and the earnings potential remains relatively high."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow by 25 percent by 2020 and add nearly 70,000 new jobs.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is one of the largest colleges of pharmacy in

America with 1,200 students enrolled. Unlike most other colleges of pharmacy, students are admitted directly from high school and earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Plus, the College sits in the middle of one of the premier biomedical complexes in the world.

Those two aspects, said Pieper, gives St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduates an advantage.

"The uniqueness of our integrated pharmacy program, plus our co-location within a premier education, patient care and biomedical research center are the two compelling features of the College that no other pharmacy school has."

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