|What does a pharmacist do?
sell medicine to people who are sick when a doctor says that they
need it. They tell people how to use the medicine correctly. They
warn doctors if the doctors have asked their patients to take
any medicine that might hurt them. Sometimes, pharmacists mix
the medicine themselves. Most often, though, they sell medicines
that have been made for them.
most often work in drug stores. These stores are clean and have
a lot of light. Many pharmacists must stand most of the time while
they work. Pharmacists must wear gloves and masks when they work
with things that could hurt them. Some pharmacists work at night
or on weekends. This is because sick people may need medicine
at any time. Most pharmacists work about 40 hours a week, but
some work longer hours.
|How do you get ready to become a pharmacist?
must have a license from the State in which they work. To get
a license, a person must have gone to college to study pharmacy.
(It usually takes at least 6 years of study, including college
and pharmacy school, to become a pharmacist.) The person must
pass a test given by the State government. The person must also
work with a licensed pharmacist for a period of time to get on-the-job
want to be pharmacists should be good at science and math. They
should be good at dealing with people. They should also be able
to work carefully, because they often deal with strong drugs.
|How much does a pharmacist make?
half of all pharmacists made between $66,210 and $87,250 a year
in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent made less than $54,110. The
highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $94,570 a year.
about 230,000 pharmacists in 2002. Most of them worked in drug
stores. Some worked in hospitals and other places.
of pharmacists is expected to grow faster than the average for
all occupations through the year 2012. The reason is that there
will be more elderly people in the future, and they will probably
need medicines to deal with the problems of getting old. More
pharmacists also will be needed as more new medicines are developed
in the future.
employment opportunities are expected for pharmacists. This is
because not enough qualified people will be available to fill
all the job openings.
|Are there other jobs like this?
Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
|Where can you find more information?
More BLS information
about pharmacists and similar jobs can be found in the Careers