What does a Pharmacist do?

Pharmacists are responsible for the preparation and administration of valid and correct pharmaceutical drugs or therapies to customers and patients and other forms of assistance for patients and customers.

Their work is often done at the request of a physician, but customers may also call upon pharmacists to provide their expertise and knowledge to address specific issues, problems, or needs. They are expected to interpret afflictions and symptoms and determine if an immediate over-the-counter treatment can be used or if a referral to a doctor or physician is necessary. They advise patients on the proper use or application of medication and properly communicate the potential dangers or side effects of medicines. They provide services including the administration of vaccines, measuring blood pressure, and providing temperature checks. Pharmacists also track the store’s inventory and ensure labels on the medication are correct. They check medication for flaws, expiration dates, or deterioration and properly dispose of older or defective items. Pharmacists need a doctoral or professional degree and certification or licensing.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
24%
2 - 4
42%
5 - 7
4%
8+
30%

Common Skill Sets

PGY1
PharmD
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Pharmacy Graduate
Problem Solving Ability
Reviews
Parenteral Nutrition

Pharmacist Seniority Levels

Sales Representative
28% made the transition
Sales Manager
32% made the transition
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Pharmacist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$103,765 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$85K
Median: $104K
$127K
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