What does a
to patients and offer
advice on their safe use.
How do I become a pharmacist?
Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree from an accredited
school. They must also be licensed, which requires passing two exams.
In order to do so students must attend a Doctor of Pharmacy program which
requires applicants to have taken postsecondary courses such as
chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Depending on the program you choose to
take, you will need either 2-3 years of undergraduate study or possibly even a
For most programs, applicants must also take the Pharmacy College Admissions
At a Pharm. D program you will take courses in pharmacology and medical ethics
as well as supervised work experiences in different settings.
After completing a Pharm.D program(which usually takes 4 years), you must take
two exams to get your pharmacist license.
Will I get paid well if I become a pharmacist?
Pharmacies and drug stores 43%
Hospitals; state, local, and private 23%
Grocery stores 13%
Department stores 11%
Other general merchandise stores 10%
Most pharmacists work full time, although about 21% worked part time in 2010.
Since pharmacies are open at all hours, some pharmacists work nights and
Why such a steep rise in the job outlook for
This is because a significant number of pharmacists are expected to retire in
the coming decade, new pharmacists should expect good job prospects.
Employment by State as of May 2012