Careers In Pharmacy
Careers in pharmacy are ideal for individuals who want a health care position
that is rewarding and offers many options. Today, pharmacists have several
employment options available to them. Those who are unfamiliar with a pharmacists
work assume that all pharmacist work in drug stores dispensing medication.
However, pharmacist may be employed by hospitals or drug research companies
Those who choose a career in pharmacy have the option of working as a community
pharmacist. Community pharmacists are employed in community drug stores and
often become acquainted with their customers. When a customer is given a prescription
from a physician, they take the prescription to the community pharmacist who
will dispense the medication. In addition, community pharmacists are responsible
for keeping up-to-date records, ordering medication, and accurately monitoring
a patient's drug activity.
A further career in pharmacy is an institutional pharmacist. These pharmacists
are employed by hospitals and other nursing facilities. The duties of an institutional
pharmacist are similar to a community pharmacist. However, pharmacists that
are employed by a healthcare facility have a more in-depth role. They not only
supply patient medications, they are also responsible for supervising drug
therapy, preparing IV's, acquiring and monitoring in-stock medication, managing
drug administration, and so forth.
Careers in pharmacy also include being employed by drug industries or working
as a pharmaceutical researcher. Individuals with these positions conduct drug
research to monitor possible side effects that may result from certain medications.
Drug companies that develop and manufacture medication are always seeking pharmacists
who want to expand their career.
Those who are working towards a career in pharmacy are required to complete
a five-year Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. After completing the necessary
coursework, those who hold a degree in pharmacy must pass their state's licensing
exam. Prior to becoming a practicing pharmacist, pharmacy graduates must complete
an internship under the direction of a licensed pharmacist.
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