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
03.07.2017
The pharmacist serves as part of the healthcare team at Novant Health by establishing an authentic personalized relationship with the patient and their chosen support system, collaborating with physicians and other team members to assess, plan,...
03.27.2017
Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy required. Advanced degree or enrollment in advanced degree program preferred. Must be a licensed pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts. One to two years experience as a Registered Pharmacist in a hospital...
01.10.2017
Accountable for the delivery of quality pharmaceutical services, the Clinical Staff Pharmacist utilizes professional knowledge, experience, and skills to provide safe and effective drug therapy. Complies with regulatory agency standards such...
03.27.2017
Bachelor's of Science The Pharmacist is responsible for evaluating and processing medication orders; compounding and dispensing medication; and reviewing, evaluating, recommending and managing drug therapy. EDUCATION REQUIRED: Graduate from...
03.24.2017
Staff Pharmacists fill orders for parenteral and enteral medications, monitor patient drug therapies, and provide drug information. Staff pharmacists supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the pharmacy manager, a staff...
08.12.2015
The Pharmacy Vision is to deliver optimal medication management across all dimensions of care, every time, and that each Pharmacy team member understands how he or she contributes to the health systems vision of achieving that commitment to...
03.23.2017
The Retail Pharmacist 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...
02.24.2017
Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Pharmacist-Anticoagulation Parkview Health is looking for an Anticoagulation Management Department Lead Pharmacist to...
03.27.2017
EAMC 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 to ensure order...
03.12.2017
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...
02.27.2017
This position is Per Diem 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...
02.28.2017
Pharm D JOB SUMMARY Participates with the medical staff in the development and continuing improvement in the formulary to provide the highest quality of drug therapy to patients. Develops and implements effective tools for the monitoring of...
03.13.2017
Pharm D JOB SUMMARY Participates with the medical staff in the development and continuing improvement in the formulary to provide the highest quality of drug therapy to patients. Develops and implements effective tools for the monitoring of...
02.24.2017
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...
02.24.2017
Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? pharmacist Department W want to put some excitement in your career? Take a look at Parkview. Parkview Health is a...
  1. Pharmacist Winston-Salem, NC Novant Health
    The pharmacist serves as part of the healthcare team at Novant Health by establishing an authentic personalized relationship with the patient and their chosen support system, collaborating with physicians and other team members to assess, plan,...
  2. Pharmacist Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy required. Advanced degree or enrollment in advanced degree program preferred. Must be a licensed pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts. One to two years experience as a Registered Pharmacist in a hospital...
  3. Pharmacist OLYMPIA, WA Capital Medical Center
    Accountable for the delivery of quality pharmaceutical services, the Clinical Staff Pharmacist utilizes professional knowledge, experience, and skills to provide safe and effective drug therapy. Complies with regulatory agency standards such...
  4. PHARMACIST Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    Bachelor's of Science The Pharmacist is responsible for evaluating and processing medication orders; compounding and dispensing medication; and reviewing, evaluating, recommending and managing drug therapy. EDUCATION REQUIRED: Graduate from...
  5. Pharmacist Alexander City, AL Russell Medical
    Staff Pharmacists fill orders for parenteral and enteral medications, monitor patient drug therapies, and provide drug information. Staff pharmacists supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the pharmacy manager, a staff...
  6. Pharmacist Winston-Salem, NC Novant Health
    The Pharmacy Vision is to deliver optimal medication management across all dimensions of care, every time, and that each Pharmacy team member understands how he or she contributes to the health systems vision of achieving that commitment to...
  7. Pharmacist Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Retail Pharmacist 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 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-Anticoagulation Parkview Health is looking for an Anticoagulation Management Department Lead Pharmacist to...
  9. PHARMACIST Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
    EAMC 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 to ensure order...
  10. 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...
  11. Pharmacist Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    This position is Per Diem 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...
  12. PHARMACIST Morganton, NC Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge
    Pharm D JOB SUMMARY Participates with the medical staff in the development and continuing improvement in the formulary to provide the highest quality of drug therapy to patients. Develops and implements effective tools for the monitoring of...
  13. PHARMACIST Morganton, NC Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge
    Pharm D JOB SUMMARY Participates with the medical staff in the development and continuing improvement in the formulary to provide the highest quality of drug therapy to patients. Develops and implements effective tools for the monitoring of...
  14. 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...
  15. 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 Department W want to put some excitement in your career? Take a look at Parkview. Parkview Health is a...