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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Pharmacist field.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33908 Pharmacist Female 26 $90,000 Charlottesville, VA 01/01/2010
33560 RPh Female 29 $97,000 Tarrytown, NY 01/01/2010
32661 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Female 48 $110,000 Grand Island, NY 01/01/2010
32568 Pharmacist Female 22 $130,000 danville, CA 01/01/2010
32428 Pharmacy Manager Female 29 $120,000 Houston, TX 01/01/2010

Overview

Detail-oriented and conscientious people may find a career as a pharmacist to be a good fit. As key members of the medical community, pharmacists dispense prescribed medications, assist patients in understanding how to take their medicines, offer general health guidance, and help ensure patients do not take medications that have adverse effects when combined with other medications.

Pharmacists must have expertise in such fields as chemistry, biology, and human anatomy in order to make well-informed decisions when dispensing medications. Strong analytical skills are required, as pharmacists must be able to interpret prescriptions and make sure what is prescribed will not react poorly with the other medications the patient is taking. Being detail oriented is crucial to ensure accuracy when filling a prescription that will help patients avoid bad reactions to medicines. Excellent communication and computer skills are also necessary.

Pharmacists must obtain a doctor of pharmacy degree and pass two licensure exams before they can pursue work. A typical doctor of pharmacy program lasts four years and includes courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy, pharmacology, and medical ethics. Many pharmacy programs require at least two years of undergraduate studies, and some require a bachelor?s degree. Additional training may be required for certain pharmacist positions.

Many pharmacists work in retail pharmacies, but some work in hospital pharmacies as well. Pharmacists also can work in research, consulting, and sales for drug manufacturers. Others find work teaching in doctor of pharmacy programs.

The best way to find out if a career as a pharmacist is right for you is to hear from experienced pharmacists. Below, you will find career profiles based on one-on-one interviews with licensed pharmacists. You will get a firsthand account of what life is like as a pharmacist, including work settings, ongoing education requirements, and more.


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