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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Unit: PHARMACY / PHARMACISTS NEEDED FOR PER DIEM Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are a PHARMACIST with flexibility and motivati...
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Pharmacist with current NH license needed. We offer: 1. Pleasant work environment and no retail stress 2. 16-32 hours a week with flexible schedule 3. No nights or weekends required with 6 major holidays off 4. PharmD preferred but not required. 50% of responsibility will be chart review/consulting. Please reply with your resume....
Requisition Number14234 Reg/TempRegular Employment TypeFull-Time ShiftRegular Work ScheduleDays, Evenings, Weekends and Holidays CitySalt Lake City StateUtah DepartmentUCC ISC 80A PHARMACY ADMIN- Overview: As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this...
Requisition Number13752 Reg/TempTemporary Employment TypePart-Time ShiftTemporary Work ScheduleInpatient and Infusion staffing available 7 days a week CitySALT LAKE CITY StateUtah DepartmentHCH IPC 60P PHARMACY- Overview: As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education....
Company Confidential Peoria, AZ, 85345
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Under general direction of the pharmacy manager of the facility interprets physicians’ prescriptions and compounds and dispenses medications within regulatory guidelines. Supervises the clinical activities of the pharmacy technicians. Consults and counsels ambulatory patients regarding the appropriate use of medications and potential drug interactions; handles complex problem resolution. This pos...
Direct Meds Inc, a company that operates multi number of pharmacies is seeking hardworking, honest, motivated Licensed Pharmacist for its first store in Lexington, Kentucky area. A valid Kentucky State Pharmacist License is a must; preferably 3 years’ experience in retail pharmacy or outpatient pharmacy. . Candidate Requirements: Must be passionate about providing patients with friendly and co...
Our client is currently seeking a Clinical Pharmacist in the San Antonio, TX area! Summary: Under general supervision of the Director of Clinical Pharmacy, the Clinical Pharmacist is responsible for performing comprehensive and targeted Medication Therapy Management (MTM) in high risk patients to identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems. The Clinical Pharmacist is also respons...
Staff Pharmacists Due to tremendous company growth, PAâs largest independently owned LTC Pharmacy and the nationsâ largest correctional provider needs full time staff pharmacists. Benefits include: Competitive Salary, Insurance, Vacation and 401K. Equal Opportunity Employer including individuals with disabilities and veterans. Send Resume to: Diamond Drugs Inc. 645 Kolter Drive Indiana, ...
Position Type: PRN Shift: Varies Qualifications: Education: Bachelors in Pharmacy; PharmD preferred/Experience: Prior pharmacy or healthcare experience is desired; hospital pharmacy experience preferred/Required Licensure: Pharmacist Is responsible for medication needs of inpatients and outpatients. This includes dispensing activities as well as reviewing orders for appropriateness and complian...
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Staff Pharmacist Responsibilities Carries out responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Essential Duty Compounds and dispenses prescribed medications, drugs, and other pharmaceuticals for patient care. Competencies Anal...
Job Description Clinical Pharmacist - Per Diem(Job Number:02873-5912) Work Location:United States-Florida-Atlantis-JFK Medical Center - Palm Beach Schedule:PRN/Per Diem Description Monitors, evaluates and makes recommendations to assure the appropriate and effective use of pharmaceuticals for patient care. Supervises technicians by allocating and coordinating work flow. Guides and advises tec...
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AlixaRx is a national long-term care pharmacy organization that has both Full and Part-Time Closed Door Pharmacy opportunities immediately available. Our mission is to deliver pharmacy services for post-acute care medical settings that Restore Health, Improve Patient Outcomes and Provide Cost-Effective, Accessible Healthcare Solutions. AlixaRx has a new approach to pharmacy services that incorpora...
Pharmacy Job Opportunity: Miami Beach Pharmacy is hiring a full time Pharmacist with four years plus experience. We offer competitive starting salary based on experience. Duties & Responsibilities 1. Execute day-to-day operations in the pharmacy (the pharmacy is a retail and closed door pharmacy) as they pertain to workflow, production quotas, and deadlines. 2. Ensure that the pharmacy is in c...
Description Job Summary: Interpret and evaluate medication orders for patients of St. Christophers Hospital for Children and consult with necessary healthcare professionals as necessary to optimize drug pharmacotherapy. Routinely participate in patient care rounds and other pharmacy related projects. Support activities of pharmacists and technicians to assure accurate compounding and dispensing ...
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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
Reviews prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
Completes pharmacy operational requirements by organizing and directing technicians' work flow; verifying their preparation and labeling of pharmaceuticals; verifying order entries, charges, and inspections.
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