What Do Pharmacists Do? Specialize in dispensing drugs prescribed by physicians. Provide information to patients about their side effects and use. Pharmacists must understand the composition of medicines, as well as the laws that regulate their manufacture and sale. Order and store medicines, keeping them safe, pure, and effective. Required by law to maintain records of the drugs they handle.
Types of Pharmacists Ambulatory-visit inpatients in hospitals Clinical-work in clinics of private practices or hospitals Retail-community chain pharmacy Government-U.S food and/or drug public health services Home Care-work with ill people in homes
Continued Academic-teachers Hospital-main hospital pharmacy Research-researchers Industrial-drug companies Nuclear-work with nuclear medicine Independent-own a pharmacy
Work Schedules Early Shift (6 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.) Late Shift (10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. or 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. or noon–10:30 p.m.) Very flexible
How Will I Get There? Pharmacy schools throughout the U.S have highly competitive admissions. Pharmacy evaluate student applications based on:
Overall GPA, science and math GPA
PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) scores
Community service, pharmacy work experience
Licenses/Certifications All 50 states require a state’s license exam to practice.
Pharmacists must pass exam after completing pharmacy school in order to be able to start working.
Salaries Popular Employers
Walgreen Co. $80,673-$103,192
Rite Aid Pharmacy $70,377-$113,200
Wal-Mart Pharmacy $61,042-$121,512
Health Care $83,706-$112,671
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