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Career As A Pharmacist
What is important about a pharmacist?
Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment opportunity as a pharmacist seems to grow 14 percentage from 2012 to 2022.
With the median pay of about $116,670 per year, this is one of the high income job. The educational standards and the expenses really worth this salary. Being a pharmacist provides the opportunity to serve the society.
This graph shows the projected growth of pharmacist jobs from 2012 to 2022.
In comparison with other health related jobs, pharmacists earn higher median wages. Thus this job is considered as one of the highest earning jobs.
Department stores, hospitals, pharmacies and other drug stores are the usual places where pharmacists work.
Responsibilities of a pharmacist
- Fill prescriptions and verify instructions from the physician on the proper amount of medication to give to the patient.
- Check the possible side effects of the medications and its negative and positive reaction with the drugs the patients are already using.
- Need to keep the records and do other administrative works.
- Direct interactions with the patients to know more about their health backgrounds.
- Need to answer the questions of the patients.
- Responsible to complete the insurance forms, and to contact with the insurance companies to make sure the patients are receiving the right medication.
- Provide advises to others on general health related topics such as diets, exercise, nutritious foods, and so on.
- Give flu shots also known as vaccines.
- Provide instructions to the patients on the dosages and timings of the prescribed medicines.
- supervise pharmacy technicians and other pharmacists in training.
- Provide information to other health related practitioners on the proper medication courses for the patients.
Types of pharmacists
- Community Pharmacists : This type of pharmacists usually works in retail stores. They are responsible to dispense the medications for the patients, and need to answer the questions of the patients.
- Clinical Pharmacists : This types of pharmacists usually works in hospitals, clinics, and other health related areas. They also go with other physicians for rounds, and they directly interact with the patients and prescribe the medications.
- Consultant Pharmacists : This type of pharmacists provide information on patient medication, and provide ideas to improve pharmacy services. They also help others with prescriptions.
- Pharmaceutical Pharmacists : This type of pharmacists works in areas such as marketing, sales, or research development. Ensure safety regulations and quality of the drugs.
How to Become a Pharmacist
1. Fill your pre-requisites (2-4 years)
Admission requirements for pharmacy varies by program. All Doctor of Pharmacy program requires applicants to take classes such as chemistry, biology, anatomy, and other related classes.
2. Earn your Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.)
Required to complete the courses and practical experiences.
3. Pass your national licensing exams
Prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to obtain the license. They are 'The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX)', and also 'The Multi state Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE)'.
For more information, visit the website : http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/pharmacist/