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Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and provide information such as drug uses, side effects, drug interactions, and correct dosage. They also assist patients in choosing over the counter medications. A pharmacist must understand drug composition, chemical and physical properties, activity in a healthy body as well as in a person who is ill, and tests for purity and strength. They may also be responsible for giving advice on home health care equipment and supplies. Another important function of a pharmacist is to keep comprehensive records of all medications dispensed in order to satisfy certain provisions of the law. Pharmacists must be neat, clean, and orderly and pay the utmost attention to accuracy. Above all, a pharmacist must enjoy working with people in the community and be able to serve them in a variety of circumstances.

Work Environment:

Many pharmacists work in independent as well as national retail drug chains. Hospitals, nursing homes, pharmaceutical and medical research firms, public health departments, and the military also employ pharmacists.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in a career in pharmacy should take courses in algebra, biology, chemistry, geometry, physics, computer skills, English, health occupation/medical professions education, and retail selling.

College Requirements:

A pharmacy degree program requires at least 2-years of specific pre-professional (undergraduate) coursework followed by 4-academic years of professional study. To become a licensed pharmacist, a student must graduate form an accredited school of pharmacy, pass a state board examination, and serve an internship under a licensed pharmacist in a community or hospital pharmacy. Most states, including Mississippi, require continuing education for license renewal.

Students interested in pharmacy should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

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Career Outlook:

Employment opportunities for pharmacists are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2005. This is due to the rapidly expanding pharmaceutical needs of a larger and older population. There will also be an expanding need for pharmacists in the areas of research and disease management.




Average Annual Salary

Salary Range

Professional Organizations:

American Pharmaceutical Association
2215 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 628-4410

American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy
1426 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2841
Phone: (703) 739-2330

American College of
Clinical Pharmacy
3101 Broadway, Suite 380
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 513-2177


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