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What Pharmacists Do
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.
DutiesPharmacists typically do the following:
Pharmacists work in pharmacies, including those in grocery and drug stores. They also work in hospitals and clinics.
The following industries employed the largest number of pharmacists in 2010:
How to Become a Pharmacist
Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams.
The median annual wage for pharmacists was $111,570 in May 2010.
Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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