Are you interested in the field of medicine? Are you specifically interested in the administration of drugs and vaccines? If you answered yes to these questions, then becoming a pharmacist may be for you.
Pharmacists are essential to the proper administration of medications, helping lower hospitalizations and progressions of chronic diseases.
What Pharmacists do:
Pharmacists mainly administer medications by making sure the correct dosage is given as well as provide helpful information to patients regarding the medication. They may participate in pharmaceutical research or collaborate with other professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments. They also maintain drug inventories, registries of controlled substances, patient profiles, and prescription records.
The Process to Become a Pharmacist is as Follows:
1. Earn a bachelor's degree in pharmacy science (4 years) or complete a pre-pharmacy program (2 years)
2. Obtain a doctor of pharmacy degree (4 years)
3. Acquire a pharmacist license **
4. Postgraduate training to individualize career (optional for 1-2 years)
** License exams vary state by state, but they all use the NAPLEX exam and maybe some others.
Salary and Benefits:
2018 Median Salary: $126,120
The demand of pharmacists is also growing, rendering it a very stable career.
There are also a variety of places a pharmacist can work at, making it a very flexible career.
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