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How to become a Pharmacist

First, you will need to complete at least two years of undergraduate study, preferably in subjects such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, human anatomy and statistics. Then you will need to complete a doctorate degree program certified by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Applicants to such programs will also need to pass the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Becoming a doctor of pharmacy takes at least three years of postgraduate study.

How to become: Pharmacy Manager · Staff Pharmacist · Director of Pharmacy · Clinical Pharmacist · Pharmacy Specialist
These qualifications are required: ACLS Certification · CPR Certification · Licensed Pharmacist
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What skills help Pharmacists find jobs?

  • Acute care
  • Analysis skills
  • Basic math
  • Bilingual
  • Clinical pharmacy experience
  • Communication skills
  • Compounding medications
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Customer service
  • Documentation review
  • English
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Career progression for Pharmacist

Education levels for Pharmacists

Based on the requirements of Pharmacist job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree43.2%
Doctoral degree39.8%
Master's degree6.7%
Associate's degree5.5%
High school diploma or GED4.8%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Pharmacist in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$66,400
4 - 8$85,700
8 - 12$97,300
12 - 16$104,900
16 - 20$103,000
20 - 24$101,900
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Common qualifications for Pharmacists

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Common questions about career advices for a Pharmacist

Are there any pharmacist programs offered online?

There are a number of pharmacist programs available that comprise of online coursework and a practical component that needs to be completed at an approved facility. Students should verify that their school or program is nationally accredited before commencing their studies.

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What skills are required to be a pharmacist?

Pharmacists should possess strong management skills, attention to detail and communication skills.

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What kind of education is required to be a pharmacist?

Education requirements vary by state however pharmacists are generally expected to have obtained a:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two-year undergraduate degree
  • Four-year accredited pharmacy school program
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.)
  • State license to practice
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What is the passing score for the pharmacist licensure exam?

What options are available to aspiring pharmacists who fail the licensure exam?

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