Pharmacists

General Information

Description

Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit67.44%
  2. Private, not for profit19.09%
  3. Federal government5.07%
  4. Self-employed4.58%
  5. State and local government3.58%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacists is projected to decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 11,300 openings for pharmacists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$128,710

Military salary*

$137,992

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State-by-state Salary

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$149,740
$117,990
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • First professional degree 37%
  • Doctoral degree 36%
  • Post baccalaureate 11%
  • Bachelor's degree 9%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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