Occupation Information table
Overview: Pharmacists fill medical doctor's prescriptions by supplying the patient with medications mass produced by pharmaceutical laboratories, weighing, measuring and mixing medical compounds. They give advice to customers who wish to self-medicate themselves with over-the-counter products.
Duties: Pharmacists interpret and fill medical prescriptions written by physicians for their patients. They weigh, measure and mix prescriptions according to the specifications. Advise patients about dosages.

They verify the accuracy of prescription dosage based on known safety limits for each kind of medication. Check with physician about unusual prescriptions and dosages.

They confer with pharmaceutical suppliers to learn about new medications released to the market. Study and analyze tolerances for different kinds of patients.

Advise customers about non-prescription medications they can purchase for minor problems or for health maintenance purposes such as vitamins, aspirin, sleep aids, and skin care lotions.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $66,000 to $73,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: All states require pharmacists to be licensed. To obtain a license, you must have graduated from a College of Pharmacy, pass a state examination and serve an internship under a licensed pharmacist. To enter the field you need a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy requiring 5 years of study, or a Master of Science in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy requiring at least six to seven years.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.