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.
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Jathan Payne

Pharmacist at our local Medicap Pharmacy in Harrisonburg

Education Requirements

  • 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.