Pharmacist Job Overview
Pharmacists are experts in medicine. In a pharmacist job, you’ll fill prescriptions, customize mixed medicines, help doctors decide which medications to use, keep patients from taking multiple drugs that interact badly and educate consumers about how to use medications safely.
Pharmacist Job Types
Pharmacist jobs are found in a variety of settings:
- Retail pharmacists work in stores, where they may also handle business tasks.
- Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals or other types of healthcare facilities where they help care for patients.
- Consultant pharmacists work for healthcare and insurance organizations where they try to increase efficiency and assist clients who use medicine to manage chronic illness or disease.
- Pharmacy professors work in postsecondary schools to prepare the next generation for pharmacist careers.
Pharmacist Education and Licensure
Pharmacists must hold a PharmD degree, which typically takes four years to complete. All states require pharmacists to be licensed.
Pharmacist Job Market
Pharmacist job opportunities will rise 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. That’s faster than the average for all jobs. The reason for that growth is that the aging Baby Boom generation will increasingly need medications at the same time that many pharmacists will be retiring. More demand for medication coupled with fewer pharmacists means pharmacist employment will be relatively easy to find.
The number of pharmacist jobs is expected to rise in doctors' offices, outpatient healthcare centers and elder-care facilities, the BLS says.
Pharmacist jobs are not evenly distributed around the country. States with the highest populations of older people have the greatest demand for pharmacists.
About one in five pharmacists works part time and more than a third are older than 55.
The BLS says the average pharmacist salary was $112,160 in 2011, but pharmacist pay varies somewhat by setting:
- General merchandise stores: $118,630
- Physicians’ offices: $117,750
- Outpatient care centers: $117,510
- Health and personal-care stores: $114,040
- General medical and surgical hospitals: $110,810
- Department stores: $109,240
- Grocery stores: $108,890
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Description Assists the pharmacist in the daily activities of the pharmacy. Duties include cart fill, stock replenishment, purchasing, IV admixture, hourly deliveries, and interactions with other departments. All technician functions are under the supervision of a Tennessee licensed pharmacist and in accordance with state and federal law. This is a PRN position. Works rotating shifts as needed. ...
A specialty mail-order pharmacy in Solon, OH is seeking a Clinical Pharmacist for a contract to possible direct hire position. The primary function of the Clinical Pharmacist is reviewing clinical coverage determination and appeals using Medicare and client specific requirements. Knowledgeable in all aspects of coverage determination and appeals process and assist in meeting clients expectations ...
A-Line Staffing is Looking for 16 Pharmacists in Solon, OH. These Pharmacists will have the opportunity to get in with a Big Time Pharmaceutical Company. These Pharmacists will be working any 8 hour shift between 7a - 7:30p. These Pharmacists will be compensated at $45.00 - 50.00 Per Hour. If you are interested in this Pharmacist Position then please contact Jared Petrill at 877.782.3334 or by Ema...
Description Atlanta Medical Centers Pharmacy department offers a wealth of opportunities for employees. Our decentralized department offers participation in clinical pharmacy consultations to all Pharmacists and also offers the opportunity to be involved in clinical initiatives. Our Pharmacists are involved in the mentoring and leading of our pharmacy technicians as well as pharmacy students. Ou...
PHARMACIST NEEDED PHARMACIST NEEDED: Norristown based closed-door pharmacy is seeking part-time Pharmacist for a fast paced work environment. Qualified individuals will have closed-door pharmacy and long-term care pharmacy experience. Experience with FrameworkLTC software and TCGRx pillow packaging is preferred. Competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified applicants must be available dayli...
Job Description Are you a pharmacist that aspires to be part of a growing, clinical team that works directly with doctors, nurses, therapist, and patients to improve medication management? Do you desire to take your career to the next level and become part of a team that is implementing a new, innovative, patient-focused company? Do you share a vision for healthcare improvement to improve qualit...
A-Line Staffing is Looking for 16 Pharmacists in Solon, OH. These Pharmacists will have the opportunity to get in with a Big Time Pharmaceutical Company. These Pharmacists will be working any 8 hour shift between 7a - 7:30p. These Pharmacists will be compensated at $49.00 Per Hour. If you are interested in this Pharmacist Position then please contact Jared Petrill at 877.782.3334 or by Email at JP...
JOB TITLE: Pharmacist STATUS: Exempt REPORTS TO: Pharmacist In Charge GENERAL: In conjunction with Managers supervise staff manage workflow and production and staff scheduling in adherence with company policies and procedures. Supervise compounding and labeling processes and provide training for new employees. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Supervise pharmacy technicians’ preparation of sterile intrave...
Clinical Pharmacist-Pharmacy Retail 22 Bramhall Facility: - Maine Medical Center Location: - Portland, ME Department: - Pharmacy Retail 22 Bramhall Schedule: - Full Time, Salaried Shift: - Rotating (Day/Evening) Hours: - Job Details: - Clinical Pharmacist, Community Maine Medical Center Portland, Maine Join us at Maine Medical Center and take the lead in developing, growing and promotin...
The primary purpose of the Compounding Pharmacist is to be a leading expert for the company as it relates to pharmaceutical compounding and dispensing activities. On a day-to-day basis, this individual will have substantial interactions with physicians, technicians and business executives in designing, implementing and managing operating activities. This role will involve only limited direct inter...
Pharmacist Philidor Rx Services, LLC is a full-service pharmaceutical distribution operation committed to providing excellent customer service. Our dedicated team is comprised of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Call Center Agents, Reimbursement Specialists and an IT & Development Department. With a common goal of achieving an incomparable level of service in each department, our team collabora...
Tracking Code 1882 Job Description Under supervision of Operations Manager, Pharmacy and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, checks medication orders and enters them into the computer according to applicable professional standards. Furnishes information concerning medications and therapeutics to physicians and nurses. Maintains stock inventory and supplies. May provide instruction and direction to tec...
Description: As one of the largest pharmacy benefits managers in the United States, UnitedHealth Group provides a professional culture where you're empowered and encouraged to exceed the expectations of our members, with better schedules than retail and more reach than any hospital. Take this opportunity to start doing your life's best work. (sm) Clinical Appeals Pharmacist Eden Prairie, MN, or...
Description A Pharmacist is responsible for reviewing and assessing medication orders, contacting physicians, nurses and other caregivers to facilitate care, assessesing patient response to drug therapy and recommending changes or alternative therapy. Other responsibilities includecompounding and dispensing medication, providing drug related information, and supervising the work of support sta...
Position reports to the Pharmacy Manager and assists with the management of pharmacy operations and staff for assigned department. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: - Assist in the successful operation of the department including maximizing gross margins, ensuring sales production, and controlling inventory and expenses. - Supervise the accurate and efficient f...
Description Responsible for assuring that the drug therapy needs of the patients are met. Ensures the prompt and accurate delivery of medications to patients and supervises the work of supportive personnel. Reviews patient medication profiles for appropriateness of therapy. Performs clinical pharmaceutical interventions as assigned. Acts as a drug information resource person to patients, medical ...
Description PHARMACIST-CLINICAL Clinical pharmacists are responsible for the safe, accurate, and rational utilization of medications. These responsibilities encompass the procurement, distribution, monitoring, and destruction of medication. Clinical pharmacists have daily responsibility for the supervision of Pharmacy Technicians. Clinical Pharmacists specialized services include: advising physi...
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$82,000.00 - $137,700.00
Typical Salary for Pharmacist
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Education / Training
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Completes pharmacy objectives by preparing medications; giving pharmacological information to multidisciplinary health care team; monitoring patient drug therapies.
Rate of Growth
Size of Industry in 2006:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Attention to Detail
Completes pharmacy operational requirements by organizing and directing technicians' work flow; verifying their preparation and labeling of pharmaceuticals; verifying order entries, charges, and inspections.
Maintains records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, and registries of poisons, narcotics, and controlled drugs.
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