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Pharmacist Career


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Educational Requirements:

- Highschool & two year college degree is necessary - Undergradate major in biology, communications or chemistry - The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree - Applied research- 1-2 yr. residency programs/fellowships can be completed to further education. They are post-graduate training programs to assist pharmacists to work in research laboratories. - Total cost of an undergraduate/graduate education is roughly $90,308- The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) = pre-entrance exam.

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- Collaborate with physicians on adequate dosage of medication to give patients- Confirm dosage of medication- Discuss patients how and when to take medication, its side effects and patients concerns. - Work with insurance companies - Dispense prescriptions - Maintain records/update database/computerized records- Supervise pharmacy technicians/interns- Collaborate with physicians - Answer questions from public- If I were to describe this career to someone I would say that pharmacists work with many individuals as well as distribute prescription medications and advocate its proper use to patients.

- Own own store or manage a chain pharmacy- Work in universities- College professors - Pharmaceutical manufactures labortories- Retail stores- Does not change job settings frequently/work in multiple settings simultaneously

- The North American Pharmacy Leisure Exam (NAPLEX)- Multistate Pharmacy Prutensers Exam (MPJE) - NAPLEX costs $485.00- MPJE costs $200.00- Pass rate for NAPLEX is 94.38% and pass rate for MPJE is 95.7%- Held 274,900 jobs in 2010- Promising to obtain a job, high demand- Unemployment rate is only 3.1 %- Job openings are expected to increase by 25% especially in physicians' offices, outpatient care centers & nursing homes.

Career Overview:

- Depends on furthering your career to a clinical pharmacist, research pharmacist or owning your own pharmacy. Must complete a residency- 35 years is the typical length someone remains in this career- Retirement age is between 65-70 years old

- Work with people and build lasting relationships- Set schedule nicely - Rewarding (able to see a direct impact on your work)- Great salary,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.55123115,d.eW0,pv.xjs.s.en_US.Ag3CcnQBszM.O&biw=1600&bih=796&dpr=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=QHttUpHTB9Kl4AOAtIGQDA#hl=en&q=pharmacist+working&tbm=isch&um=1&facrc=_&imgdii=_&

- $84,490 is entry starting salary.- Peak salary is $144,090 per year- Incremental raises depend on furthering your position. Such as becoming a clinical pharmacist orworking in research laboratoriesMust complete a 1-2 yr. residencyfor these raises

- Paricipating in a continued education is not a requirement of a person working in this field.,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.55123115,d.eW0,pv.xjs.s.en_US.Ag3CcnQBszM.O&biw=1600&bih=796&dpr=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=QHttUpHTB9Kl4AOAtIGQDA#hl=en&q=pharmacist%20filling%20prescriptions&revid=503348524&tbm=isch&um=1&facrc=_&imgdii=_&

Career Advancement:

- Insurance companies are not easy to deal with- Heavy workload - Emotionally andphysically exhausting,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.55123115,d.eW0,pv.xjs.s.en_US.Ag3CcnQBszM.O&biw=1600&bih=796&dpr=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=QHttUpHTB9Kl4AOAtIGQDA#hl=en&q=pharmacist+and+patient&tbm=isch&um=1&facrc=_&imgdii=_&



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