Pharmacy Career Occupational Information from the AACP
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Pharmacist Positions Salaries
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Pharmacist Job Outlook
The Adequacy of Pharmacist Supply: 2004 to 2030
The Adequacy of Pharmacist Supply: 2004 to 2030 PDF Report
A pharmacist’s main responsibility is to distribute drugs. Community pharmacists are the most accessible (and free) facet of our healthcare system. Pharmacists advise patients, physicians, and health practitioners on the appropriate dosage and selection as well as the interactions and side effects of medications. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is necessary to become a pharmacist (the Pharm.D. replaced the Pharmacy Bachelor’s degree). The employment outlook for pharmacists is very bright with the employment rates expected to increase by 22% between 2006 and 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006), 62% of pharmacists worked in community pharmacies that are either independently owned or chain stores. Another 23% of pharmacists worked in hospitals. Pharmacists not in either of these categories seek out nontraditional pharmacy work that in mail order and Internet pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, physician offices, and government agencies.