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Pharmacists, Pharmacy Schools, Pharmacy Programs

 

There are typically three levels of employment in a Pharmacy.  Pharmacists are in charge of filling prescriptions and dispensing medication, advising customers on the appropriate dosages and possible side effects.  The senior Pharmacist in a facility is usually the manager as well.  In all States a Pharmacist must be licensed and must graduate from a Accredited School of Pharmacy and pass at least one and usually two national certification exams. 

 

Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of the Pharmacist, filling prescriptions and advising customers as needed.  Pharmacy Technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have varying responsibilities, depending on State rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients.   

 

Pharmacy Aides work closely with Pharmacy Technicians. They often are clerks or cashiers who primarily answer telephones, handle money, stock shelves, and perform other clerical duties.

 

In Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Assisted-Living Facilities, Pharmacy Technicians have added responsibilities, including reading patients’ charts and preparing and delivering the medicine to patients. Still, the pharmacist must check the order before it is delivered to the patient.

 

 

Degrees and Certificates for Careers in the Pharmacy

 

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (4 Year Program)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification

 

Median Salaries for Pharmacy Professionals

 

Pharmacist

$93,600

Entry Level Pharmacy Technician

$25,354

Experienced Pharmacy Technician

$29,737

 

Sources: U.S. Dept. Labor & Salary.com    
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