Pharmacists

General Information

Description

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.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • General Merchandise Stores

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacists is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Demand is projected to increase for pharmacists in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and clinics. These facilities will need more pharmacists to oversee the medications given to patients and to provide patient care, doing tasks such as testing a patient’s blood sugar or cholesterol. The large baby-boom generation is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups will also lead to demand for prescription medications. In addition, scientific advances will lead to new drug products. However, employment of pharmacists in pharmacies and drug stores is projected to decline. Employment in this industry is projected to decline overall, and retail pharmacies will be affected by increasing sales via mail order and online pharmacies. In addition, pharmacy technicians will be taking a greater role in pharmacy operations. Technicians perform tasks—such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians—that were previously done by pharmacists.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$126,120

Military salary*

$68,274

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State-by-state Salary

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$144,400
$93,710
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • First professional degree 37%
  • Doctoral degree 36%
  • Post baccalaureate 11%
  • Bachelor's degree 9%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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