Educational Requirements <ul><li>2 years (at least) of specific course study </li></ul><ul><li>4 years of education to obtain Pharm.D degree </li></ul>
Positions and Advancement Other options: open independent, local pharmacy Workplace Chain Store Hospital Entry-Level Position Staff level pharmacist Staff level pharmacist Advancement Pharmacy supervisor/store manager/manager at district or regional level/executive position within headquarters Supervisory/advisory positions
Nature of Work <ul><li>Distribute prescriptions drugs </li></ul><ul><li>Advise patients on solutions to health problems </li></ul><ul><li>Keep confidential personal records of patients </li></ul><ul><li>Compound drugs (mainly in hospital settings) </li></ul><ul><li>Advise medical staff on effects of drugs (hospital setting) </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmaceutical research </li></ul>
Working Conditions <ul><li>Clean, well-lit, and well-ventilated </li></ul><ul><li>Day spent mostly on your feet </li></ul><ul><li>40-50 hours per week </li></ul><ul><li>Many pharmacies open on holidays and extended hours </li></ul>
Job Outlook <ul><li>Job market expected to increase faster than average (17% between 2008 and 2018) </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing involvement in patient care calls for rapid growth of pharmaceutical jobs within medical care establishments </li></ul>*This graph does not portray the expected growth of pharmaceutical careers, but is related to the pharmaceutical industry.
Advantages v. Disadvantages Advantages Disadvantages Annual salary somewhere between $77,390 and $131,440 Completion of 6-8 years of college Classes in chemistry and mathematics Several exams must be completed, different in each state Clean work environment Relocating may be necessary Basically 9-5 job Not much room for advancement Help others Sometimes required to work nights, weekends, and holidays Increasing job opportunities
Reasons I Should be a Pharmacist! <ul><li>I thoroughly enjoy chemistry and physics, subjects that make up several classes I will be required to take in order to obtain my Pharm.D degree. </li></ul><ul><li>I like working with others and have increased my ability to do so because of my job as a cashier in a grocery store. </li></ul><ul><li>I love money! This may sound materialistic and shallow, but I know that I need to have a career that will allow me to never have to worry about finances. </li></ul>
In Preparation… <ul><li>I already took chemistry and I am currently taking physics, so I am perfecting my skills at that subject. </li></ul><ul><li>I work with customers daily at my job at a grocery store where I have been working for two years. </li></ul><ul><li>I have researched this career and found that all of the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. </li></ul>
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