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Career Guide: Pharmacist

Career Guide: Pharmacist

U. S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Those in pharmacy technician and pharmacy aide careers also work in pharmacies. Persons in other professions who may work with pharmaceutical compounds include biological scientists, medical scientists, and chemists and materials scientists. Increasingly, pharmacists are involved in patient care and therapy, work that they have in common with physicians and surgeons.

More on Pharmacists

Salary: $67,860 - $119,480
Min. Education: Doctorate
Related Careers: Physician, Dentist


For information on pharmacy as a career, preprofessional and professional requirements, programs offered by colleges of pharmacy, and student financial aid, contact:

• American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1426 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Internet:

General information on careers in pharmacy is available from:

• American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814.

• National Association of Chain Drug Stores, 413 N. Lee St., P.O. Box 1417-D49, Alexandria, VA 22313-1480.

• Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, 100 North Pitt St., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.

• American Pharmacists Association, 1100 15th Street, N.W. Suite 400., Washington, DC 20005.

Information on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) is available from:

• National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, 1600 Feehanville Dr., Mount Prospect, IL 60056.

State licensure requirements are available from each State’s board of pharmacy. Information on specific college entrance requirements, curriculums, and financial aid is available from any college of pharmacy.

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