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Pharmacist Jobs - Job Description & Salary
Pharmacy Jobs Overview
The two main pharmacy jobs are pharmacist and pharmacy technician. Pharmacy jobs are predominately in pharmacies located inside health and personal care stores, hospitals, grocery stores, department stores and other general merchandise stores.
Pharmacist job description
Pharmacists dispense medications, instruct patients on how to take prescriptions and provide general health advice. Licensed pharmacists can administer shots for flu and pneumonia, and can administer shingles vaccination to patients presenting a prescription. Pharmacists review previous prescriptions to reduce the patient’s risk for potential drug interactions and review the patient’s drug allergies to prevent an allergic reaction.
Pharmacists also perform non-clinical tasks, such as filling out paperwork and communicating with insurance companies. They also supervise pharmacy technicians, interns and others working in the pharmacy.
To work as a pharmacist, a candidate must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy program. The graduate must then pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam on pharmacy law. Post-graduate fellowships may be required for some specialty positions.
Forty-three percent of pharmacists work at pharmacies and drug stores; 23 percent work at hospitals. Pharmacists may also work at grocery stores, department stores, and other retail locations.
Pharmacy technician job description
Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a pharmacist to dispense medications, organize inventory, accept payments and enter information into a computer system.
Fifty-three percent of pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies and drugs stores; 17 percent work in hospitals. General merchandize stores, grocery stores and ambulatory health care services also employ pharmacy technicians.
On-the-job training is usually provided for pharmacy technicians, although some states and employers require certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the National Healthcareer Association.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists the median annual pay for pharmacy jobs in 2012 as follows:
The jobs outlook for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians is promising, with the number of pharmacy jobs growing as fast as or faster than all other occupations. BLS expects the number of pharmacist jobs to grow by 14 percent between 2012 and 2022. The outlook is even better for pharmacy technicians, with the BLS expecting the number of these jobs to grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2022.
The population of the United States is aging. People are more likely to need prescription drugs as they age, which means there will be a greater demand for people to dispense these drugs. The increasing rates of some diseases that require medication, such as diabetes, will also lead to increased demand. Health insurance reform also bolsters prescription sales to support the need for more pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
There are approximately 67,000 pharmacies in the United States. Major pharmacy chains are the primary employer of pharmacists, although there are a large number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working for independent or privately owned pharmacies.
The top pharmacies in the United States include:
- CVS Health Corporations
- Walgreen Company
- Express Scripts, Inc.
- Walmart Store, Inc.
Total jobs Found : 16
Montefiore Medical CenterDetails
Manages the daily activities of a designated clinical function to ensure effective and cost efficient health care services. Administers the budget, supervises staff, and develops business opportunities. Resolves all operational issues and complaints ...Read More
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care provider in Colorado Springs comprised of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Penrose Hospital serves as the anchor hospital of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services ...Read More
Health Net, Inc.Details
Job Summary The Pharmacy Technician may perform duties in one or more of the following areas: Formulary Management, Pharmacy Audit and Recovery, Pharmacy Service Center, Prior Authorization, Medicare Part D Operations, State Health Programs Pharm ...Read More
Ambulatory PharmacistFacility: University of Maryland Medical Center Employment Type: Part TimeLocation: Baltimore, MD Shift/Schedule: ROTATINGDepartment: UMH: OP PHARMACY WEINBERG Posted FTE: 0.6Job Posting Category: Allied Health Hours of Work: ...Read More
Requisition ID 37935BRTitle DIRECTOR - AREA ACCOUNTS - FLORIDAJob Category SalesJob Description Novo Nordisk is a focused healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. We are actively working to change the course of the diabetes pandemi ...Read More
Carolinas HealthCare SystemDetails
Req ID: 89632Position Number: 00143654Employment Type: Full TimeShift: Variable/On CallShift Details: Rotating shifts M-F, every 4th weekendStandard Hours:40.00Department Name: Pharmacy CR-PinevilleLocation: CHS PinevilleLocation Details: CHS Pinevil ...Read More
Carolinas HealthCare SystemDetails
Req ID: 89586Position Number: 00100054Employment Type: Full TimeShift: DayShift Details: 1stStandard Hours:40.00Department Name: Info Svs Med ServicesLocation: CHS Corporate OperationsLocation Details: 801 S McDowellJob SummaryTeam lead position for ...Read More
Health Net, Inc.Details
[[id]]Job Summary The Pharmacy Technician may perform duties in one or more of the following areas: Formulary Management, Pharmacy Audit and Recovery, Pharmacy Service Center, Prior Authorization, Medicare Part D Operations, State Health Programs ...Read More
Req ID: 128066 PeaceHealth is seeking a Pharmacy Technician II (Part Time) for a 0.5 full time equivalent Non-Exempt position. This position will be working Variable shift with shift durations of 8 Hours. JOB SUMMARY Continuously ...Read More
Requisition ID: 11412Location: Presence St Joseph ChicagoLocation Address:2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60657 United States (US) Daily Hours: 8Standard Hours: 40Employment Status: Full-time Employment Type: Regular Shift: DayFLSA: E SUMMA ...Read More
Department: PharmacyA Life-Changing CareerPosition Summary: The Pharmacist will work as an integral member of the healthcare team at a large NCI designated Cancer Center to optimize patient outcomes through drug therapy monitoring, guideline developm ...Read More
Department: PharmacyA Life-Changing CareerPosition Summary: This Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is part of a team of pharmacy clinical specialists responsible for supporting the Solid Organ Transplant Center. Provides an expert level of consultation, g ...Read More
Henry Ford Health SystemDetails
Pharmacy Intern "Contingent" Bingham FarmsRequisition #: 102317Status: ContingentBusiness Unit: Community Care ServicesShift: RotatingDepartment: Ambulatory Pharmcy ServicesWeekends: YesJob Family: PharmacyJob Function: AlliedCampus/Job Location: Bin ...Read More
Associate Director, Medical Affairs - Virology (HIV)-SCI004304DescriptionToday's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Through our medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products, we work with cus ...Read More
We all share one big ambition. What’s yours?Everyone who works at UCB holds the same ambition – to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases. Of course we have other associated ambitions too - including a desire to support each other ...Read More
Supervisor, Pharmacy ServicesFacility: University of Maryland Medical Center Employment Type: Not IndicatedLocation: Baltimore, MD Shift/Schedule: ROTATINGDepartment: UMH: OP PHARMACY REDWOOD Posted FTE: 1.0Job Posting Category: Allied Health Hou ...Read More
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