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Counseling, Therapy & Pharmacy

Careers in this cluster provide counseling, physical treatment, medication, or other services to help patients recover from or adjust to an illness, injury, or disability. These professionals often help patients bridge the gap between a hospital stay and full recovery.

Trends in Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy

  • The new model of patient-centered care means that information needs to be shared between counseling, therapy, and pharmacy professionals and primary care providers, hospitals, and others involved in a patient’s care.
  • Many of these positions work directly with older adults, and as the population ages, counseling, therapy, and pharmacy professionals will need to understand the basics of geriatric care.

View local Priority Occupations by education and training level:

High School/Some College/Certificate Program

Associates and Bachelors Degree

Masters Degree or Higher 

What is it like to work in a Counseling, Therapy and Pharmacy career?

Working in a Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy career means working very closely with patients and their families. These professionals also often need to collaborate with other care providers, so excellent communication and team work skills are key to building a successful career in this cluster.

Most careers in this cluster work directly with patients in diverse communities, so cultural competency is also extremely important. “Cultural competency” means that one can work effectively with people of different cultures. Understanding the way different cultures view health care as part of their daily lives and learning to work with these views allows for much more effective delivery of care.

When you are planning a career in Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy, you must make sure that you are gaining strong STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math.

If you think you might want to work in a Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy career, it is highly recommended that you work with a career counselor or academic counselor to make sure that you create a career plan that is realistic and matches your goals.

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.