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
11.10.2017
Maria Parham Health 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...
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...
11.22.2017
The pharmacist is responsible for medication order entry, preparation and distribution for patients. The pharmacist helps ensure the appropriate prescription and administration of medications to patients within the institution. Education /...
11.22.2017
The pharmacist is responsible for medication order entry, preparation and distribution for patients. The pharmacist helps ensure the appropriate prescription and administration of medications to patients within the institution. Education /...
11.22.2017
EAMC is currently seeking a part time Pharmacist to join the team at Lanier! Days and evenings, pharmacy is open 7a to 8p m-f and 8a-4p on weekends EST Processes and interprets physician's orders, screening for potential adverse events and...
11.22.2017
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...
11.22.2017
The Pharmacist provides safe and effective oral anticoagulant therapy for optimal patient outcomes and ensures completion and documentation of all work. This position requires population specific competencies. Adheres to National Patient Safety...
09.29.2017
Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Clinical Pharmacist Ambulatory Oncology Services Parkview Health recognized as one of nation's 15 Top Health...
09.29.2017
Bachelors Degree Are you available to work flexible hours? Are you interested in positions located in Fort Wayne, IN? Clinical Pharmacist - Oncology Services Parkview Health recognized as one of nation's 15 Top Health Systems of...
11.20.2017
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...
11.20.2017
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...
11.22.2017
Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
11.22.2017
Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
11.20.2017
This position is located in Anderson. Job Duties Providing clinical and distributive pharmacy services. Supervision and evaluation of pharmacy technicians. Experience Previous hospital pharmacy setting experience preferred. Education...
08.22.2017
- PHARMACIST - ONCOLOGY (PHA005WS) Job Description PHARMACIST - ONCOLOGY-PHA005WS Description Position: Pharmacist - Clinical Generalist Oncology Location: Cancer Hospital / Chapel Hill Hours: Full Time, 40 hrs/wk; Evenings;...
  1. Pharmacist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Pharmacist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
    The pharmacist is responsible for medication order entry, preparation and distribution for patients. The pharmacist helps ensure the appropriate prescription and administration of medications to patients within the institution. Education /...
  4. Pharmacist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
    The pharmacist is responsible for medication order entry, preparation and distribution for patients. The pharmacist helps ensure the appropriate prescription and administration of medications to patients within the institution. Education /...
  5. PHARMACIST Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
    EAMC is currently seeking a part time Pharmacist to join the team at Lanier! Days and evenings, pharmacy is open 7a to 8p m-f and 8a-4p on weekends EST Processes and interprets physician's orders, screening for potential adverse events and...
  6. 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...
  7. Pharmacist Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Pharmacist provides safe and effective oral anticoagulant therapy for optimal patient outcomes and ensures completion and documentation of all work. This position requires population specific competencies. Adheres to National Patient Safety...
  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? Clinical Pharmacist Ambulatory Oncology Services Parkview Health recognized as one of nation's 15 Top Health...
  9. 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 - Oncology Services Parkview Health recognized as one of nation's 15 Top Health Systems of...
  10. Pharmacist Monroe, LA St. Francis Medical Center
    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...
  11. Pharmacist Monroe, LA St. Francis Medical Center
    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...
  12. Pharmacist Cincinnati, OH The Christ Hospital Health Network
    Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
  13. Pharmacist Cincinnati, OH The Christ Hospital Health Network
    Under the general supervision of the Director of Pharmacy, and according to standard procedure, an inpatient pharmacist compounds and dispenses medications and pharmaceuticals upon receiving orders from a licensed practitioner; performs all...
  14. Staff Pharmacist Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This position is located in Anderson. Job Duties Providing clinical and distributive pharmacy services. Supervision and evaluation of pharmacy technicians. Experience Previous hospital pharmacy setting experience preferred. Education...
  15. PHARMACIST - ONCOLOGY Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - PHARMACIST - ONCOLOGY (PHA005WS) Job Description PHARMACIST - ONCOLOGY-PHA005WS Description Position: Pharmacist - Clinical Generalist Oncology Location: Cancer Hospital / Chapel Hill Hours: Full Time, 40 hrs/wk; Evenings;...