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Pharmacist

Description: Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and provide expertise in the safe use of drugs. 

Duties:​​​​

  • Fill prescriptions and verify physician instructions
  • Analyze for possible drug interactions that a patient might experience
  • Inform patients about the side effects of medications
  • Oversee Pharmacy Technicians and trainees
  • Collaborate with insurance companies

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Training:

  • Coursework in chemistry, biology, and physics (some programs require a bachelor’s degree)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree
  • Licensing exams: North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and Multidisciplinary Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE)
  • Completion of an internship

Work Environment: Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Hospitals

Salary: $116,200 (Annual Mean Wage in Pennsylvania)

Job Outlook: Expected to increase 6% between 2016 and 2026

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm)