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
06.26.2019
The staff pharmacist, under the direction of the Pharmacy Manager and Corporate Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services....
06.26.2019
Stephens Memorial Hospital Department: MaineHealth Stephens Memorial Hospital/Pharmacy Std Hrs/Wk: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 28 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position Summary The...
06.26.2019
Staff pharmacists fill orders for all medications, monitor patient drug therapies, and provide drug information. Staff pharmacist supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the pharmacy manager, a staff pharmacist may be required...
06.26.2019
Staff pharmacists fill orders for all medications, monitor patient drug therapies, and provide drug information. Staff pharmacist supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the pharmacy manager, a staff pharmacist may be required...
06.26.2019
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is committed to improving the health of our community by providing exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton is seeking a per-diem,...
05.07.2019
Full-time position for an Illinois licensed pharmacist. Doctorate Pharmacy or Bachelors Pharmacy or Three (3) years of experience with a BS in Pharmacy is a valid substitution for Doctorate in Pharmacy. The Clinical Pharmacist will work...
04.30.2019
The Pharmacist dispenses medicines and preparations in the hospital according to the orders given by physicians and others authorized by law and hospital rules regulations and by laws to prescribe; fills prescriptions for inpatients and...
06.17.2019
Responsible for the provision of prospective and concurrent evaluation of pharmacotherapy with an emphasis on the patient and with the end point focused on outcomes such as treatment efficiency, morbidity, mortality and drug cost. Acts as a...
06.26.2019
Pharmacist Responsible for the safe, accurate and rational distribution of pharmaceutical agents to patients of all ages, employees and designated areas of the hospital, as well as the supervision of technical personnel. This shall be carried...
06.26.2019
Hospital Pharmacists: The Pharmacist ensures accurate and timely distribution of medications and other pharmaceutical supplies according to established procedures and standards, in support of high quality patient care. The Pharmacist...
05.30.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
06.26.2019
Provides quality pharmaceutical services to patients, physicians, nurses and other health professionals in accordance with established professional standards. Assists Pharmacy Manager with daily operations. [ Responsibilities ] Operational...
06.26.2019
The staff pharmacist, under the auspices of the Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services. The primary objective is to...
06.26.2019
The staff pharmacist, under the auspices of the Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services. The primary objective is to...
05.30.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
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