Pharmacists are members of the health profession who dispense medications to patients according to their physicians’ orders. They also check to make sure any prescriptions they are asked to fill do not interact with other medications the patient may be taking and they counsel patients who may have questions about a prescription or its potential side effects. They are also in charge of keeping track of all medications and making sure they are stored properly. The website says that pharmacists must earn a Pharm. D. degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. To be considered for admission to a Pharm. D. program applicants must first complete at least two years of postsecondary education although many complete three or four years. Courses required prior to entry into a Pharm. D. program include mathematics chemistry biology and physics. The majority of Pharm. D. programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Pharmacists can work in pharmacies or drugstores that are either independent or part of a large chain or they can work in hospital pharmacies or for government agencies. Some pharmacists are employed in the pharmaceutical industry where they can conduct research oversee quality control or work in marketing and sales. According to the website salaries for pharmacists depend on their employers and their specific job descriptions but with a year or two of experience they usually earn more than $100000 annually. Those working in laboratories or research facilities are paid at least $125000 annually.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $112500
High Salary: $125000
Low Salary: $100000
Tasks: Dispenses medications per prescriptions.
Answers questions about pharmaceuticals.
Supervises pharmacy workers.
Accounts for all medications and ensures they are secure.
Also Called: Pharmacologist
Pharmacological Chemist
Pharmacy Manager
Pharmaceutical Expert
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