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As a pharmacist your job is to dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and to provide information to the patients about the medication they are using Pharmacists advise other physicians and other health practitioners on the drugs prescribed A Pharmacist may inform the doctor of dosages interactions and the side effects of medications A pharmacist must understand the use composition and effects of all drugs Today pharmacists are going beyond the traditional delivery of prescriptions They are becoming more involved in drug therapy decision-making and patient counseling It is a very important job and takes a lot of schooling and desire In the United States it is required to obtain a license to be a pharmacist To get a license one must graduate from a college of pharmacy serve an internship under a licensed pharmacist and pass a state examination To prepare to be a pharmacist one should take classes in high school like chemistry advance math classes and physics After high school 5 years of study is required to graduate from most programs Few colleges of pharmacy take students directly out of high school and almost all require you to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test Most colleges offer a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and for most people it takes 5 years to achieve your BS Some go on to get their Doctor of Pharmacy and that normally takes at least 6 years Employment of pharmacists is growing due to the increase of the older population Most pharmacists work at a type of drug store but some work at hospitals The number of pharmacist working at hospitals is also growing slowly For a starting pharmacist one could make from 500-700 dollars a week working full time With time and experience one could earn up to 1422 a week Your pay may depend on your experience but also on where you work A pharmacist working at a chain drug
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