Pharmacists

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.



Two pharmacy officers

When you are a pharmacy officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, your career will take you into a world of expanded scopes and diverse roles. As a USPHS pharmacy officer, you will work throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in other Federal agencies and programs—caring for patients; reviewing, approving, and monitoring new drugs; conducting research; and assisting in public health emergencies. You’ll be offered greater work variety than you'll find in most pharmacy practice settings. As part of a unique team of committed health care professionals, you’ll enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while improving and advancing the health of the Nation.

“PHS Pharmacy allows for unparalleled diversity and opportunity. Our pharmacists become an integral part of a unique career path that can involve advanced pharmacy practice, health policy development, emergency and humanitarian response, public health leadership, global health, and much more. They also experience a balance between work and life due to remarkable benefits as Commissioned Corps officers. We desire professionals and pharmacists that want to serve a mission, become part of something special, and that want to make a difference in the lives of people.”

REAR ADMIRAL SCOTT F. GIBERSON
Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Pharmacy Officer
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 2/3/2014