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- 1. THE CAREER OF A PHARMACIST By: Sara Nazir PNG Category: Publisher: Rows per Page:
- 2. What does a Pharmacist do?
- Basic Responsibilities of a Pharmacist
- Dispense prescription drugs (Fills Prescriptions)
- Counsel patients about the medication they are taking
- Ensure drug therapy is safe and effective
- Monitor patient's drug therapy
- 3. What does a Pharmacist do?
- Give recommendations to customers about over-the-counter medicines
- Occasionally Pharmacists compound medicines (mix up)
- Work in collaboration with physicians, nurses and other health care providers
- 4. What education is needed?
- Pharmacists require many years of training
- High school diploma
- Having three or more years of college before attending pharmacy school
- Must have a high PCAT score to get into Pharmacy School
- Pharmacists must graduate from an accredited Pharmacy School
- Pharmacists are now graduating with a 4-year PharmD degree
- 5. What education is needed?
- Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is no longer being awarded
- All Pharmacists need to pass the NAPLEX practice pharmacy exam
- Post Graduate Residency and Fellowship training may be necessary for some Clinical Pharmacy positions
- Pharmacists may also get additional certifications and degrees after graduating from pharmacy school depending on their job setting
- 6. What makes a good Pharmacist
- Desired qualities in prospective pharmacists include:
- excellent communication skills
- good interpersonal skills
- a desire to help others
- conscientiousness and detail-oriented
- enjoy studying the sciences
- 7. SUCCESS IS A STATE OF MIND. IF YOU WANT SUCCESS, START THINKING OF YOURSELF AS A SUCCESS. (ANONYMOUS)
- 8. What is the Salary for a Pharmacist?
- 9. What is the Salary for a Pharmacist?
- Median annual salary of pharmacists in May 2008 was $106,410.
- A Pharmacists salary may depend on several factors like:
- Number of years of experience
- Setting (hospital, retail store, health insurance company, Pharmacy benefit manager, academia etc)
- Number of years of post-Pharm.D. training (residency, fellowship etc)
- Extra certifications (e.g. BCPS Board certified pharmacotherapy specialist)
- Type of job (management, clinical, retail, etc)
- 10. What is the Job Outlook of a Pharmacist?
- The employment of Pharmacists is expected to grow by about 17% between 2008 and 2018
- This growth is much faster than the average job. This is probably due to:
- increasing number of elderly and middle-aged people who are using more prescription drugs
- increased scientific advances leading to new drug products
- 11. Related Occupations
- Other people who are employed in pharmacies, work with medications, or are involved in patient care include:
- Biological and Medical scientists
- Pharmacy technicians
- Social Workers
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