Pharmacist Career Choice

Job Description

As a pharmacist, our job is to make prescription drugs and medicines prescribed for patients to use. We may advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

It is also good to have traits of good communication skills, leadership, being analytical, and
conscientiousness.


Job Requirements

To become a pharmacist one must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, known as a Pharm.D. Programs are usually four years long and must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). To gain admission one must have at least two years of college study with courses including math, chemistry, biology, physics, humanities and social sciences. Applicants generally have to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test. Doctor of Pharmacy programs include coursework in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology (effects of drugs on the body), toxicology and pharmacy administration. All states in the US license pharmacists.



While each state has its own requirements, all applicants must pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam which the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) administers. Most states also require graduates to pass the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE), a test of pharmacy law that is also administered by the NABP. Other states administer another exam that tests knowledge of pharmacy law. Several states also require additional state-specific exams.



Salary

On a yearly basis, a salary for a pharmacist can range anywhere from $144,000 to $84,000. That should up being about $55-$32 of pay for every hour you work.


McKay, Dawn R. "Pharmacist: Career Information." About.com Career Planning. About.com, n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014.