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Pharmacists

Also called: Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacist, Pharmacist in Charge (PIC), Staff Pharmacist

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Pharmacist; Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy; Pharmacy Apprentice; Pharmacy Craftsman; Pharmacy Helper; Pharmacy Journeyman; Pharmacy Manager; Pharmacy Superintendent

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
  • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
  • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, or registries of poisons, narcotics, or controlled drugs.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • teaching people how to do something

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Computer records systems
  • Healthprolink MedAtlas
Label making software
  • Label-making software
  • RxKinetics UD Labels for Windows
Analytical or scientific software
  • TPNassist software
  • TTP LabTech comPOUND

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
professional degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$116,670
per year, on average
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