By Claire Koeppen
Basic Job Information
- Job Description: A pharmacist's main jobs include filling prescriptions for medications prescribed by a doctor and instructing patients on how to use them.
- Median Income: In the U.S., pharmacists make $120,950 a year on average.
- Job Satisfaction: Pharmacists typically have an above average stress level and low job flexibility, but 75% still say they are satisfied with the job.
Pharmacist at our local Medicap Pharmacy in Harrisonburg
- Organic chemistry is typically the highest level of chemistry required to be admitted into graduate school to become a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
- Pharmacists are required to have a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited graduate school and pass the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
- Pharmacy students need an undergraduate degree (2-4 years) plus their doctorate degree (4 years) for a grand total of 6-8 years of college education.