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
04.19.2019
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...
04.19.2019
The staff pharmacist, under the direction of the Pharmacy Manager and Corporate Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services....
04.17.2019
Pharmacist is licensed by the Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy and is responsible for the evaluation, selection, procurement, storage, dispensing of all drugs & pharmaceuticals utilized in the hospital. The Clinical Pharmacist is...
04.17.2019
Pharmacist screens and processes orders, completing interventions and consults accurately and in a timely manner to optimize medication therapy.
04.03.2019
The staff pharmacist position serves the needs of our patients, employees and medical staff by the constant provision of prescribed medications, prescription or OTC, that are needed for patient care.   General Pharmacist duties...
04.11.2019
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...
04.10.2019
The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent in the...
04.11.2019
The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent in the...
04.19.2019
The staff pharmacist, under the auspices of the Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services. The primary objective is to...
08.13.2018
Job Grade E15 Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is seeking a Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist Minimum Qualifications: BCPS (eligible) and/or PGY1 pharmacy residency preferred 3 years of inpatient/de-centralized...
01.22.2019
The pharmacist is responsible for the interpretation of the physician's written order, and the subsequent preparation and dispensation of medications and intravenous solutions for in-patients in a manner consistent with Federal and State Laws. In...
09.22.2018
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...
04.19.2019
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...
04.04.2019
Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy required. Doctor of Pharmacy, or Bachelor of Science with Residency, or equivalent experience required. Must be a licensed pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts. Two years experience as a Registered...
04.19.2019
Job ID 84205 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Responsibilities Under the direction of the BMC Pharmacy Manager, the regional clinical pharmacist will perform a variety of duties...
  1. 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...
  2. Pharmacist Bowling Green, Med Center Health
    The staff pharmacist, under the direction of the Pharmacy Manager and Corporate Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services....
  3. Pharmacist Rutherfordton, NC Rutherford Regional Health System
    Pharmacist is licensed by the Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy and is responsible for the evaluation, selection, procurement, storage, dispensing of all drugs & pharmaceuticals utilized in the hospital. The Clinical Pharmacist is...
  4. Pharmacist Winchester , VA Valley Health System
    Pharmacist screens and processes orders, completing interventions and consults accurately and in a timely manner to optimize medication therapy.
  5. Pharmacist Greenwood, MS Greenwood Leflore Hospital
    The staff pharmacist position serves the needs of our patients, employees and medical staff by the constant provision of prescribed medications, prescription or OTC, that are needed for patient care.   General Pharmacist duties...
  6. 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...
  7. Pharmacist Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
    The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent in the...
  8. Pharmacist Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
    The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent in the...
  9. Pharmacist Bowling Green, Med Center Health
    The staff pharmacist, under the auspices of the Director of Pharmacy, is responsible for providing clinical support and distribution services in coordination with the medical staff, nursing, and ancillary services. The primary objective is to...
  10. Clinical Pharmacist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    Job Grade E15 Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is seeking a Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist Minimum Qualifications: BCPS (eligible) and/or PGY1 pharmacy residency preferred 3 years of inpatient/de-centralized...
  11. Pharmacist (PRN) Hot Springs, AR National Park Medical Center
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  12. 520051340001 Pharmacist Tulsa, OK Hillcrest Medical Center
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  13. 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...
  14. Clinical Pharmacist Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy required. Doctor of Pharmacy, or Bachelor of Science with Residency, or equivalent experience required. Must be a licensed pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts. Two years experience as a Registered...
  15. Pharmacist, Inpatient Springfield, MO Baystate Medical Center
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