Nowadays, the number of pharmacy schools has grown and it creates more pharmacy graduates. But the employment of pharmacist is predicted slower than the average occupations. From 2014 to 2024 the growth is predicted to grow 3 percent. If you are interested to become one, you should get a Pharmacy degree. However, all doctors of Pharmacy programs require applicants to take postsecondary secondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Furthermore, you also need to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
Besides attending formal education, pharmacists also have to follow some training and get the licenses, certifications, and registrations. But at the end, all of your effort is worth it as a pharmacist in department stores can earn $121,500, $121,630 in Grocery stores, $121,310 in Pharmacies and drug stores, $121,050 in general medical and surgical hospital. Below is more detail job description of pharmacists.
As a pharmacist, your main health job is to distribute prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. The other jobs are conducting health and wellness screenings, providing immunizations, overseeing the medications given to patients and providing advice on healthy lifestyles.
In a more detail, duties of pharmacists typically are such as follows:
- Give and fill prescriptions, also verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medications to give to patients
- Find out whether the patient is taking other prescriptions currently and analyze whether your prescriptions will react badly with other drugs.
- Give a clear explanation about how and when to take a prescribed medicine
- Inform them about any side effect caused by the medicine
- Provide vaccinations
- Advice any health tips to patients, this can be diet, exercise, or managing stress tips.
- Work with insurances companies to complete patient’s insurance forms
- Do administrative tasks and keep the records
- Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients
Some pharmacists apply standard dosages from pharmaceutical companies and some others don’t. They use a process, known as compounding to mix ingredients and customize ingredients.