Bachelor of Pharmacy is one of the most marketable courses in Kenya. Graduates often inquire about salary expectations but just like other careers, they have to start small and grow over time. The average salary of a pharmacist with undergraduate degree is Ksh 130,000 per month.
The amount of money you earn depends on the level of experience gained over time and the qualification.
Some of the best companies to work for as a pharmacist are:
- GlaxoSmithKline Kenya(Salary Ksh 90,000 to Ksh300,000 per month)
- Ministry of Health(Salary Ksh90,000+)
- National Industrial Training Authority (Salary over Ksh70,000)
- Kenya Pipeline company(Salary over Ksh130,000 per month)
- Ministry of Defence(salary over Ksh75,000 per month)
- Rangechem Pharmaceuticals Ltd(over Ksh70,000 per month)
- Referral hospitals (over Ksh80,000 per month)
- County Governments (over Ksh 90,000)
- AMREF(Over Ksh110,000 per month)
- NGOs(Over Ksh100,000 per month)
Even if you graduate and fail to get employed, you can start your own pharmacy and make millions of shillings in profits every year. The good thing is that not everyone is allowed to start a pharmacy in Kenya, you must have qualifications in pharmacy.
If you manage to open a pharmacy in Nairobi, the least you can make in profits per month is Ksh 100,000. I know of several people who make over Ksh500,000 every month.
When it comes to salaries, you will only earn more when you pursue postgraduate course. Institutions like GlaxoSmithKline will pay you over Ksh250,000 per month.
With a degree in Pharmacy, chances of securing employment after college are extremely high. It won’t take one year before you get employed.