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Pharmacists

Pharmacists answer customers’ questions and explain the safe use of medications.

Pharmacists answer customers’ questions and explain the safe use of medications.

Quick Facts:
2010 Median Pay $111,570 per year
$53.64 per hour
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 274,900
Job Outlook, 2010-20 25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 69,700

 

 

What Pharmacists Do

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.

Work Environment

Pharmacists work in pharmacies, including those in grocery and drug stores. They also work in hospitals and clinics.

How to Become a Pharmacist

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams.

Pay

The median annual wage for pharmacists was $111,570 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

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