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
05.29.2017
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...
05.29.2017
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...
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...
05.29.2017
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...
05.29.2017
PRN This position is accountable for using professional expertise and judgment in the accurate interpretation of physician orders and drug control, compounding, packaging, and dispensing, in accordance with legal requirements, hospital and...
05.29.2017
The Pharmacist reviews and accurately interprets physicians orders checking for appropriateness of orders as to indication, clarity, accuracy of dose, drug allergy, potential drug interactions and duplication (two or more drugs with the same...
05.16.2017
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...
04.20.2017
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...
05.29.2017
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 into the...
05.29.2017
Performs the duties of a licensed, Registered Pharmacist according to established policies, standard practices of the profession, and state and federal law. Processes medical order for patients/customers of all ages. Specifications:...
05.05.2017
Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Oncology Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is accepting applications for a...
05.05.2017
Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Pharmacist-Inpatient and Clinical ED Want to put some excitement in your career? Take a look at Parkview. Parkview...
05.29.2017
At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they can receive specialized care in a compassionate and positive environment. We share an unwavering...
04.10.2017
University Health - shreveport, Louisiana Pharmacy We are a 452 licensed bed, acute care facility with a Level I Trauma Center designation. Our facility utilizes an electronic health record, computerized physician order entry, and...
04.27.2017
Unit Description Holy Rosary is offering a $10,000 sign on bonus for this position! Care Site Description Holy Rosary Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization. Interested in making a...
  1. 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...
  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 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...
  4. 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...
  5. PHARMACIST Tulsa, OK Hillcrest Medical Center
    PRN This position is accountable for using professional expertise and judgment in the accurate interpretation of physician orders and drug control, compounding, packaging, and dispensing, in accordance with legal requirements, hospital and...
  6. Pharmacist Melrose, MA Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
    The Pharmacist reviews and accurately interprets physicians orders checking for appropriateness of orders as to indication, clarity, accuracy of dose, drug allergy, potential drug interactions and duplication (two or more drugs with the same...
  7. Pharmacist Mount Vernon, WA Skagit Regional Health
    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...
  8. 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...
  9. Pharmacist Monroe, LA St. Francis Medical Center
    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 into the...
  10. Pharmacist Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Performs the duties of a licensed, Registered Pharmacist according to established policies, standard practices of the profession, and state and federal law. Processes medical order for patients/customers of all ages. Specifications:...
  11. Pharmacist Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Oncology Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is accepting applications for a...
  12. Pharmacist Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Pharmacist-Inpatient and Clinical ED Want to put some excitement in your career? Take a look at Parkview. Parkview...
  13. Pharmacist Brighton, MA Franciscan Hospital for Children
    At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they can receive specialized care in a compassionate and positive environment. We share an unwavering...
  14. Pharmacist Shreveport, LA University Health System
    University Health - shreveport, Louisiana Pharmacy We are a 452 licensed bed, acute care facility with a Level I Trauma Center designation. Our facility utilizes an electronic health record, computerized physician order entry, and...
  15. Pharmacist Miles City, MT Holy Rosary Healthcare - SCL Health
    Unit Description Holy Rosary is offering a $10,000 sign on bonus for this position! Care Site Description Holy Rosary Healthcare is part of SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization. Interested in making a...