Pharmacist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Pharmacist

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Job Description

 

In recent years, pharmacist has consistently been ranked high on the list of best jobs in the United States. Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing medications as prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners.

Pharmacists assist with monitoring patient health by advising physicians and other health care providers on the selection, interactions, recommended uses, suggested dosages and potential side effects of medications.

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Responsibilities

 

A pharmacist is expected to understand the use of drugs, the clinical effects that can be expected and the composition of medications.

Pharmacists’ knowledge extends to the chemical, biological and physical properties of medications. In short, pharmacists are the medication experts of the medical field.

They are charged with protecting the public by ensuring drug purity and potency.

Pharmacy care has as its goal the maximization of positive health care outcomes and the improvement of the quality of life of their patients while maintaining risk at a minimum level.

Most pharmacists are found working in a community setting, such as retail drug stores or in hospitals and clinics.

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Skills

 

Memorization

You must know, and be able to recall, information hundreds of drugs and their uses. You must remember what side effects certain drugs have and possible interactions. You must be able to recall everything you learned in school and keep current on relevant Pharmacy topics and new drugs.

Attention to Detail

You must pay attention. If you get a prescription wrong, you could kill somebody. It's important that you strive for perfection and are methodical about your practices.

Math & Science

This should be understood, because you have to make it through many hours of advanced math and science classes before you can even dream of being a pharmacist. You must use your knowledge to calculate doses and know interactions.

Drug Preparation

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Drug Knowledge

Knowledge of a variety of drugs, how they work, what they interact with, their side effects, their generic names, how they are taken, their alternatives, and allergic reactions to them. 

Perception

Know why people act the way they do and be able to distinguish red-flag behavior.

Interpersonal

You have to deal with people everyday, so you need to know how to interact with and communicate to them. You will also, more than likely, be over a team, so you need to know how to properly manage and interact with employees and maintain a good rapport.

Teaching

It's good to know how to pass on knowledge and teach those under you so that prescriptions go out safely and your employees are knowledgeable and intelligent. It's always good to be able to teach a beneficial skill to those who strive to know it.

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Working Conditions

 

The common locations in which pharmacists work are usually clean, well-lit and well-ventilated areas. The nature of the work requires the pharmacist to spend most of the day on their feet.

Pharmacists must sometimes wear gloves, masks and other special protective equipment when working with a sterile or potentially hazardous pharmaceutical product.

Community and hospital pharmacies may be open for extended hours, or even around the clock. This means pharmacists may be required to work evenings, nights, and weekends and holidays.

Pharmacist consultants that travel to nursing homes or other facilities to monitor drug therapy for a population of patients may be required to spend travel time away from home.

On average, a full-time, salaried pharmacist usually works about 43 hours a week.

Some work as many as 50 hours a week, especially if they are self-employed pharmacists. Part-time employment is also attractive to about one out of five pharmacists.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
09.10.2017
The Staff Pharmacist shall interpret, compound, and dispense medications and other pharmaceutical supplies according to written orders issued by the authorized prescriber. The Staff Pharmacist will also be required to provide requested drug...
09.18.2017
Licensed pharmacist with a working knowledge of hospital pharmacy, clinical applications related to pharmacy. The pharmacist dispenses medications and pharmaceutical preparations as prescribed by the physician. The pharmacist maintains proper...
09.18.2017
We have one PRN opening in our Pharmacy Department for a Pharmacist. This positions hours will vary. Qualified applicants must be a current Licensed Pharmacist by the state of Ohio, have a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy (RPh), and must maintain...
09.18.2017
The Pharmacist coordinates the medication distribution and clinical pharmacy activities for nursing and support departments within the hospital, and is responsible for safe and efficient methods for coordination of established pharmacy policies...
04.22.2017
Responsible and accountable for providing pharmaceutical services to inpatients and outpatients. Performs distributive and clinical pharmacist functions. Provides clinical services including pharmacokinetic dosing of medications, patient...
09.18.2017
East Alabama Apothecary is currently seeking a per diem Pharmacist to join the team! Processes and interprets physician's orders, screening for potential adverse events and drug interactions. Interacts with appropriate healthcare professionals...
09.18.2017
The Pharmacist Staff provides safe and effective medication therapy for optimal patient outcomes and ensures completion and documentation of all work including that of technicians. This position requires population specific competencies. Adheres...
07.21.2017
The Retail Pharmacist works under the direction of the Manager/Retail Pharmacy to assist in pharmacy operations by supporting the mission, vision and values of Skagit Regional Health, an integrated healthcare system. Responsible to provide...
09.18.2017
Job Summary: The Pharmacist, compounds and dispenses prescribed drugs in a healthcare facility environment, transfers prescriptions, provides drug information in collaboration to other healthcare professionals, performs medication order entry...
09.06.2017
Reviews prescriptions issued by Physician, or other authorized prescriber and clarifies orders with prescribers as necessary. Provides clinical monitoring and management related to drug therapy. Dispenses prescribed medications while ensuring...
09.18.2017
- Pharmacist PRN (7455-4782) Job Description Pharmacist PRN-7455-4782 Danville Regional Medical Center Description Licensed Virginia Pharmacist with hospital or acute care experience. Job duties include the decentralized model with...
09.18.2017
- Pharmacist PRN (7455-4773) Job Description Pharmacist PRN-7455-4773 Danville Regional Medical Center Description Licensed Virginia Pharmacist with hospital or acute care experience. Job duties include the decentralized model with...
09.18.2017
Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
09.18.2017
Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
09.18.2017
The Clinical Pharmacist position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Clinical Pharmacist functions include patient education, management of medical staff approved protocols, and participation in multi-disciplinary rounds...
  1. Pharmacist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    The Staff Pharmacist shall interpret, compound, and dispense medications and other pharmaceutical supplies according to written orders issued by the authorized prescriber. The Staff Pharmacist will also be required to provide requested drug...
  2. Pharmacist Knoxville, TN East Tennessee Children's Hospital
    Licensed pharmacist with a working knowledge of hospital pharmacy, clinical applications related to pharmacy. The pharmacist dispenses medications and pharmaceutical preparations as prescribed by the physician. The pharmacist maintains proper...
  3. Pharmacist Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
    We have one PRN opening in our Pharmacy Department for a Pharmacist. This positions hours will vary. Qualified applicants must be a current Licensed Pharmacist by the state of Ohio, have a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy (RPh), and must maintain...
  4. Pharmacist Maple Grove, MN Maple Grove Hospital
    The Pharmacist coordinates the medication distribution and clinical pharmacy activities for nursing and support departments within the hospital, and is responsible for safe and efficient methods for coordination of established pharmacy policies...
  5. Pharmacist Roanoke Rapids, NC Halifax Regional
    Responsible and accountable for providing pharmaceutical services to inpatients and outpatients. Performs distributive and clinical pharmacist functions. Provides clinical services including pharmacokinetic dosing of medications, patient...
  6. PHARMACIST Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
    East Alabama Apothecary is currently seeking a per diem Pharmacist to join the team! Processes and interprets physician's orders, screening for potential adverse events and drug interactions. Interacts with appropriate healthcare professionals...
  7. Pharmacist Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Pharmacist Staff provides safe and effective medication therapy for optimal patient outcomes and ensures completion and documentation of all work including that of technicians. This position requires population specific competencies. Adheres...
  8. Pharmacist Mount Vernon, WA Skagit Regional Health
    The Retail Pharmacist works under the direction of the Manager/Retail Pharmacy to assist in pharmacy operations by supporting the mission, vision and values of Skagit Regional Health, an integrated healthcare system. Responsible to provide...
  9. Pharmacist Monroe, LA St. Francis Medical Center
    Job Summary: The Pharmacist, compounds and dispenses prescribed drugs in a healthcare facility environment, transfers prescriptions, provides drug information in collaboration to other healthcare professionals, performs medication order entry...
  10. Pharmacist Cloquet, MN Community Memorial Hospital - Cloquet
    Reviews prescriptions issued by Physician, or other authorized prescriber and clarifies orders with prescribers as necessary. Provides clinical monitoring and management related to drug therapy. Dispenses prescribed medications while ensuring...
  11. Pharmacist PRN Danville, VA Danville Regional Medical Center
    - Pharmacist PRN (7455-4782) Job Description Pharmacist PRN-7455-4782 Danville Regional Medical Center Description Licensed Virginia Pharmacist with hospital or acute care experience. Job duties include the decentralized model with...
  12. Pharmacist PRN Danville, VA Danville Regional Medical Center
    - Pharmacist PRN (7455-4773) Job Description Pharmacist PRN-7455-4773 Danville Regional Medical Center Description Licensed Virginia Pharmacist with hospital or acute care experience. Job duties include the decentralized model with...
  13. Pharmacist Cincinnati, OH The Christ Hospital Health Network
    Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
  14. Pharmacist Cincinnati, OH The Christ Hospital Health Network
    Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
  15. Clinical Pharmacist Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Clinical Pharmacist position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Clinical Pharmacist functions include patient education, management of medical staff approved protocols, and participation in multi-disciplinary rounds...