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
07.26.2017
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...
07.26.2017
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...
07.26.2017
The Staff Pharmacist fills orders for all medications, monitors patient drug therapies, and provides drug information. The Staff Pharmacist supervises and directs support personnel. In the absence of the Pharmacy Manager, the Staff Pharmacist...
07.26.2017
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...
07.26.2017
PRN. Are you looking to try another hospital pharmacist job, but not ready for a full time commitment. Springhill is hiring a PRN pharmacist to work one weekend per month, and cover occasional scheduling shortfalls during day and afternoon...
06.07.2017
- Associate's Degree - Pharmacist Prepares, dispenses and monitors medications, and IV admixtures to meet patient, employee and public pharmaceutical needs. Researches drug information questions and determines pharmacokinetic parameters...
07.26.2017
Per diem -- Pharmacist - Pharmacy Graduate of an accredited College of Pharmacy required. Must be licensed as a Pharmacist with the Florida Department of Health. Previous experience in a Hospital pharmacy required. Experience with unit...
07.26.2017
Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
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...
07.26.2017
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...
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...
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...
07.18.2017
Responsible for dispensing medications for parenteral and enteral use, monitoring patient drug therapies, responding to emergency situations and providing accurate drug information to patients and health care providers. Supervising pharmacy...
06.22.2017
Supervises, monitors, trains pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns, pharmacy students, and pharmacy clerks. Able to function as a competent Outpatient Pharmacist in all aspects of a Pharmacist's legal and ethical duties. Participates in the...
07.26.2017
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...
  1. Pharmacist Hickory, NC Frye Regional 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 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...
  3. Pharmacist Milford, MA Milford Regional Medical Center
    The Staff Pharmacist fills orders for all medications, monitors patient drug therapies, and provides drug information. The Staff Pharmacist supervises and directs support personnel. In the absence of the Pharmacy Manager, the Staff Pharmacist...
  4. 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...
  5. PHARMACIST Mobile, AL Springhill Medical Center
    PRN. Are you looking to try another hospital pharmacist job, but not ready for a full time commitment. Springhill is hiring a PRN pharmacist to work one weekend per month, and cover occasional scheduling shortfalls during day and afternoon...
  6. Pharmacist Anderson, SC AnMed Health
    - Associate's Degree - Pharmacist Prepares, dispenses and monitors medications, and IV admixtures to meet patient, employee and public pharmaceutical needs. Researches drug information questions and determines pharmacokinetic parameters...
  7. Pharmacist Clewiston, FL Hendry Regional Medical Center
    Per diem -- Pharmacist - Pharmacy Graduate of an accredited College of Pharmacy required. Must be licensed as a Pharmacist with the Florida Department of Health. Previous experience in a Hospital pharmacy required. Experience with unit...
  8. Pharmacist Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Pharmacist Northfield, MN Northfield Hospital & Clinics
    Responsible for dispensing medications for parenteral and enteral use, monitoring patient drug therapies, responding to emergency situations and providing accurate drug information to patients and health care providers. Supervising pharmacy...
  14. PHARMACIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health Services
    Supervises, monitors, trains pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns, pharmacy students, and pharmacy clerks. Able to function as a competent Outpatient Pharmacist in all aspects of a Pharmacist's legal and ethical duties. Participates in the...
  15. Pharmacist Monroe, LA St. Francis Medical Center
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