Pharmacists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Staff Pharmacist, Hospital
  • Staff Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Radiopharmacist
  • Prescriptionist
  • Pharmacy Services Director
  • Pharmacy Manager
  • Pharmacy Intern
  • Pharmacy Informaticist
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What They Do

  • Publish educational information for other pharmacists, doctors, or patients.
  • Update or troubleshoot pharmacy information databases.
  • Prepare sterile solutions or infusions for use in surgical procedures, emergency rooms, or patients' homes.
  • Work in hospitals or clinics or for Health Management Organizations (HMOs), dispensing prescriptions, serving as a medical team consultant, or specializing in specific drug therapy areas, such as oncology or nuclear pharmacotherapy.
  • Refer patients to other health professionals or agencies when appropriate.
  • Teach pharmacy students serving as interns in preparation for their graduation or licensure.
  • Contact insurance companies to resolve billing issues.
  • Offer health promotion or prevention activities, such as training people to use blood pressure devices or diabetes monitors.
  • Provide specialized services to help patients manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure.
  • Manage pharmacy operations, hiring or supervising staff, performing administrative duties, or buying or selling non-pharmaceutical merchandise.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Recognition, but also value Support and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.



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