Pharmacists dispense medications and consult with patients on health and their general well-being. When filling prescriptions, pharmacists will verify physicians’ instructions and the appropriate amounts, as well as check for any interactions between the medication and any other drugs the patient might be taking. Pharmacists also give flu shots, complete insurance forms, oversee pharmacy techs and pharmacists in training, maintain records, and teach other healthcare professionals about proper medication therapies.
Pharmacist Education & Requirements
Pharmacists need to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy, or Pharm.D., and pass both the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific exam to earn their license. Pharmacists who would like to work in an advanced area, like clinical pharmacy, may need to complete a residency as well. Pharmacists should have good analytical and communication skills, be proficient with computers, detail-oriented, and possess managerial skills.
Pharmacist Jobs Outlook
Job prospects for pharmacists are projected to grow 3 percent, which is lower than average for all occupations. However, the demand for pharmacists in hospitals and clinics is projected to increase as these facilities need more pharmacists to oversee the medications given to patients, including our large, aging population.
Pharmacist Job Salary
Median annual salary for pharmacists is $122,230, according to the BLS, and the type of facility the pharmacist is working in can have an impact on the amount.