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Basic Information About Pharmacists

  • Order, prepare, and hand out prescription drugs
  • Sell over-the-counter medications
  • Must know each and every drugs functions and side effects
  • Work in pharmacies within stores and hospitals
  • Earn an average of $82,520
  • Work 40 hours per week
  • Need a license
  • Schooling usually lasts 6 years after high school
  • Work with patients and medical staff
  • Job outlook is good in the next few years

Pros and Cons of Being a Pharmacist


  • Working environment
  • Good salary
  • Learn about medicine
  • Help people with issues
  • Highly respected
  • Job security
  • Demand
  • Location Variation
  • Interact with new people
  • Educate the public


  • Long college education
  • Difficult to start your own pharmacy
  • Work long hours
  • Stand and are on their feet for most of the time
  • Pay close attention to details as for some medications can be dangerous for people

What Do You Need To Do To Succeed At Being A Pharmacist?

High school

When in high school you should think about taking courses to help you prepare for the future. Helpful high school classes you could take are...

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Foreign Language (minimum of 2 years)
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathmatics

In addition to taking appropriate classes you should keep your GPA up and participate in as many after-school-activities as you can. When it comes time to filling out your résumé it is best to record all the activities you participated in throughout your high school years.


In college you must have two years of work in math and science. Once you complete that you can get into pharmacy school. Most students go to pharmacy school after 3 years of college work. Others take 4 years (bachelors degree).

Students graduate from pharmacy school after 4 years of study with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Once you receive this degree, you must pass a state exam. You will receive a license to work as a pharmacist once you past the exam.

3 Colleges You Could Attend

Associations/Professional Organizations

American Pharmacists Association

Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin

  • 701 Heartland Trail, Madison, WI, 53717
  • 608/827-9200

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Looking to be a Pharmacist?

You must be willing to work 40 hours or more per week, which may mean working on holidays or night shifts. Pharmacists are experts in medicine. In a pharmacist job, you will fill prescriptions, help doctors decide which medications to use, dispense medicine, and order the drugs. You must know each drug's functions and side effects. Working well with others is an important skill to have for this job. You work with patients and medical staff members. Before becoming a pharmacist you must take two years of college in math and science. Then, complete pharmacy school and pass the exam to get a license. Pharmacists usually earn from $89,280 to $145,910. Most pharmacists work in hospitals, drug stores, or retail discount stores. For more information about pharmacists go to, "" or ""