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
04.20.2018
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...
04.18.2018
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...
04.18.2018
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...
04.20.2018
We have a part-time opening in our Retail 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...
03.12.2018
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...
04.20.2018
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...
04.20.2018
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...
04.20.2018
*This position will work every 3rd weekend and rotating holidays. Responsible for order verification, and the accurate dispensing of both inpatient and outpatient medication orders. Additional responsibilities include the provision of...
04.20.2018
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...
04.20.2018
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...
04.20.2018
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...
04.20.2018
- Certification Preferred - Licensure Required Experience is preferred The infusion pharmacist at Montgomery Cancer Center is responsible for medication order entry, preparation and distribution of medications for patients. Qualifications:...
04.20.2018
The Clinical Pharmacist provides pharmaceutical care by reviewing physicians' orders for appropriateness of drug ordered, dosage, route, and potential interactions. The Clinical Pharmacist counsels Nurses and Physician about medications and...
04.20.2018
The Night Pharmacist is responsible for evaluating and processing medication orders; compounding and dispensing medication; and reviewing, evaluating, recommending and managing drug therapy. The night pharmacist provides service to multiple...
03.22.2018
Our Pharmacists are responsible for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients, including processing medication and IV orders and the advancement of rational, patient-oriented therapy. They act as the primary advocate for insuring the...
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    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 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 Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
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  4. Pharmacist Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
    We have a part-time opening in our Retail 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...
  5. 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...
  6. PHARMACIST Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
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  7. Pharmacist Roanoke Rapids, NC Halifax Regional
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  8. Pharmacist St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    *This position will work every 3rd weekend and rotating holidays. Responsible for order verification, and the accurate dispensing of both inpatient and outpatient medication orders. Additional responsibilities include the provision of...
  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 Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
    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...
  11. 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...
  12. Pharmacist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
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  13. Clinical Pharmacist Tulsa, OK Oklahoma State University Medical Center
    The Clinical Pharmacist provides pharmaceutical care by reviewing physicians' orders for appropriateness of drug ordered, dosage, route, and potential interactions. The Clinical Pharmacist counsels Nurses and Physician about medications and...
  14. PHARMACIST NIGHT Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    The Night Pharmacist is responsible for evaluating and processing medication orders; compounding and dispensing medication; and reviewing, evaluating, recommending and managing drug therapy. The night pharmacist provides service to multiple...
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