CAREER

Pharmacists

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$128,710

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.3% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree

Career

What Pharmacists Do

Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

Other Job Titles Pharmacists May Have

Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist, Pharmacist, Pharmacist in Charge (PIC), Pharmacy Informaticist, Registered Pharmacist, Staff Pharmacist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Pharmacy Site Manager ,

Genoa Healthcare

I verify all prescriptions that were typed in and filled by the technicians. I have to deal with multiple compliance, management, or clinical situations throughout the day. I counsel all patients who pick up new prescriptions or who have any questions. I coordinate patient care between doctors, nurses, recovery coaches, and patient assistance coordinators. I try to make many people happy and try to please a lot of conflicting interests at once.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
  • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
  • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, or registries of poisons, narcotics, or controlled drugs.
  • Plan, implement, or maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, or labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal.
  • Assess the identity, strength, or purity of medications.

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