Pharmacist

Andrew Munoz Period 7/8

Duties/Responsibilities

  • A pharmacist is a specialist who collaborates with physicians and other health care workers to provide medication to patients
  • must be knowledgeable about medications, their common uses, possible side effects and interactions
  • supervising a pharmacy department
  • providing counseling and health advice to patients or performing research
  • dispense medications that are prescribed by a physician
  • Informing doctors about a patient's medication history, monitoring treatment programs, administering drug therapies and providing instructions on the correct usage of prescription medicine
  • counseling patients about health concerns, such as diet, exercise, stress management and home health care supplies

Average Hours, Work Place, And Salary

Employers include hospital pharmacies, retail drug stores, nursing home dispensing clinics or clinical research labs. Pharmacist work a full time schedule and many even have to work night shifts and on weekends because the pharmacies are open late and on the weekends.


The Median Salary for a pharmacist is $111,570 In May 2010

Education/Skills and Job Outlook

Education

  • chemistry, biology, and anatomy
  • at least 2 to 3 years of undergraduate study
  • bachelor’s degree
  • take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
  • Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish
Skills

  • Analytic skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Managerial Skills
Job Outlook- Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations

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