A pharmacist provides prescription medication and immunizations to people and checks the accuracy of any medication given, as well as, it's possible side effects and/or interaction with other drugs the person may be taking. They monitor the work of others that are assisting or training in the pharmacy and give any advise regarding health questions that patients may have.
How to become a Pharmacist
An applicant is required to take a Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and take postsecondary courses in chemistry, biology and anatomy. They must complete a 4 year professional degree with courses in chemistry, pharmacology and medical ethics to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) and finish work experience programs or internships. They are also required to take continuing education throughout their career to stay current in medication drugs and other information.
Job Description of a Pharmacist
A pharmacist follows doctor's instructions on the accuracy and amounts of medication on a prescription and dispenses them to patients. They advise people about their medication, such as, interaction with other medication they may be taking or it's side effects.
They may give counsel to a patient on issues, like, diet, exercise or other areas of concern, as well as, what supplies or equipment might be needed to treat their health conditions. A pharmacist would give out flu shots or immunizations. Part of their job is to have patient history collected and recorded and to be sure any insurance forms are completed and that these companies are cooperative in approving certain medicines for patients.
He or she would oversee the work of interns or pharmacy technicians. A pharmacist can be found working in pharmacies of drug or grocery stores, as well as, hospitals or clinics. Some pharmacist work for the military or government. They normally work full-time and spend a lot of time standing on their feet. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 14 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field due to the aging population and access to insurance.