What pharmacists do

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.

Work Environment

Pharmacists work in pharmacies, including

those in grocery and drug stores. They also

work in hospitals and clinics.

How to Become a Pharmacist

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams.


The median annual wage for pharmacists was $111,570 in May 2010. Hourly is $53.64.