Thursday, November 15, 2012

Becoming a Pharmacist!!!

All information is taken from Occupational Outlook Handbook
Link: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacists.htm#tab-1
I'm doing the reaserch for my interest job, so I thought I would write a post about this! For short, P. is for Phamacists

Quick Facts: Pharmacists
2010 Median Pay$111,570 per year
$53.64 per hour
Entry-Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationNone
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2010274,900
Job Outlook, 2010-2025% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-2069,700

1. WHAT?
1. Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians to give to patients
2. Check to make sure the prescriptions that fir best with the patietns' conditions
3. Instruct them on how and when to take medication
4. Advise with side effects and others like diet, exercise, etc
5. Complete insurance forms and work, keep records, and do administrative tasks
6. Teach other healthcare practitioners with proper medicine therapies

BUSINESS RELATED: Some own store or manage a chain pharmacy, such as: inventory management. Some work in a retail stores while some work in specialized field
EDUCATION RELATED: Some work for universities/ pharmaceutical manufactures that are involved in researching & testing new medicine. Some work full time as college professors. Some take continuing education throughout career to keep up with the advances in the field
COMPOUNDING: A process that the P. create customized medications by mixing ingredients themselves. But often time, they use standard dosages from pharmaceutical companies
CLINICAL P.:
- Work in hospitals/ other healthcare settings
- Spend less time dispensing prescriptions
- Spend more time involving in direct patient care
CONSULTANT P.:
- Advice healthcare facilities/ insurance providers for more efficient pharmacy services
- Advice directly to patients, such as helping seniors managing prescriptions

2. WHERE?
P. held about 274,900 jobs in 2010
Pharmacies and drug stores
43%
Hospitals; state, local, and private
23
Grocery stores
8
Department stores
6
Other general merchandise stores
5

3. HOW?
P. must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, must be lisenced (passed 2 exams)
EDUCATION:
- Required courses: Chem, Bio, Anatomy, undergrad. programs (2-3 yrs)
- Must have Bachelor's degree
- Must take PCAT (Pharmacy College Asmission Test)
- Pharm.D. takes 4 yrs, includes courses in pharmacology & medical ethics, supervised work experiences in diff. setting: hospitals, retail pharmacies
- Advanced pharmacy position: clinical pharmacy, research job complete 1-2-yr residency. Some who choose to own store may get a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Others may get a degree in public health.
LICENSES: 2 exams needed before licensed in all states
1. In pharmacy skills and knowledge
2. In pharmacy law in the state giving the pharmacy license
SKILLS:
- Analytical skills: must provide safe medications efficiently, evaluate customer's needs & prescriber's orders, have extensive knowlege about effects and appropriate circumstances for gicing out a specific medication
- Communication skills: frequently advise customers, explain how to take med, offer clear direction to technicians & interns
- Detail oriented: responsible for ensuring the accuracy of prescriptions they fill
- Managerial skills: for those who run retail pharmacy, must have good managerial skills, managing inventory & overseeing a staff

4. HOW MUCH? $111,570 in 2010, could be more or less

5. JOB OUTLOOK:
- Expected to increase by 25% from 2010- 2020, faster than the average of all occupations
WHY?
- New products due to scientific advances
- more people may get insurance coverage for medications
- Older people increase and use more prescriptipn medicines than younger people
- More complex healthcare % more people take multiple medications, more P. will need to counsel patients
- Increasing demand for P. in physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, & nursing homes

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 TOO HARD! TOO MUCH SCHOOLING! TOO MUCH TIME TAKEN! TOO MUCH MONEY! And I don't have money! It's do-able, but T.T...
I'm gonna marry a doctor, or some similar sorts, then I'm gonna stay home, open my own art studio... And that's all I'll do!!! HEHE, J/K... I will make it, to the P., or will not... I don't knowww!
HEADACHE!!! I have to write my 5 page poem analyzing essay about "The Tiger" by William Blake, it's been 2 weeks late already! @@ But my instructor, he's old and "cute," so he doesn't care! lol
P. GOAL, HERE I GO!!!
P.S Pray for my someone to be faithful!!!

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