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Welcome to our Pharmacist Jobs site. The purpose of this site is to provide a frequently updated list of current open positions for the pharmacist. Our focus is on opportunities which are available in the United States. The pharmacist jobs listed here are in the form of RSS feeds, and will be automatically updated when new jobs become available.

Pharmacist Jobs
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Alabama Alaska Arizona
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Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Massachusetts
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia
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The following data should be interesting to the pharmacist who resides within the United States. This data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment Statistics for the Pharmacist

States with the highest concentration of pharmacists with annual mean salary:
(highest at top)

South Dakota $88,650
West Virginia $100,080
Rhode Island $95,500
North Dakota $83,710
Montana $87,260

Top paying States with annual mean salary:
(highest at top)

California $112,020
Alaska $109,810
Maine $108,930
Minnesota $105,440
Tennessee $105,280

Mean hourly wage:

$47.58

Mean annual salary:

$98,960

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of pharmacists with annual mean wage:
(highest at top)

Dothan, AL $94,770
Lima, OH $94,930
Corvallis, OR $104,310
Sioux Falls, SD $88,090
Alexandria, LA $81,560

Top paying Metropolitan areas:
(highest at top)

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA $125,920
Chico, CA $124,360
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA $122,840
Bakersfield, CA $121,020
Farmington, NM $118,470

Industries with the highest level of employment:
(highest at top)

Health and Personal Care Stores
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Grocery Stores
Department Stores
Other General Merchandise Stores

Education required:

To be a pharmacist in the United States you need a license. In order to get a license you need to graduate from an accredited college or school of pharmacy and pass several examinations. The degree you receive from a school of pharmacy or accredited college is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). This degree replaces the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree which is no longer rewarded. To be admitted into a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, you need to complete at least 2 years of postsecondary study, although most students have completed 3 years of postsecondary study prior to entry into the program. Currently, about 70% of Doctor of Pharmacy Programs require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

In order to obtain a license, you need to pass several examinations. All states within the United States, including US territories, and the District of Columbia require passing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX), which test pharmacy knowledge. Forty four states and the District of Columbia also require the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE), which test pharmacy law. Those eight states which do not require the MPJE have their own equivalent test for the MPJE.

Job outlook:

Because of the expected retirement of many pharmacists coupled with the overall expected growth of the industry, job outlook for pharmacists between 2006 and 2016 looks very good. The employment of pharmacists between 2006 and 2016 is expected to grow around 22%. As the middle age to elderly population continues to grow, this imparts a continual increase in demand for pharmacists. Because large numbers are expected to leave the profession, coupled with increase in demand, the growth of employment for pharmacists is expected to be much faster then average compared to other occupations.

Source for the above data:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Conclusion

Job opportunities look very good if you want to work as a pharmacist. Do be a pharmacist, you need scientific aptitude, good interpersonal skills, and be able to make the right decisions because your decisions can have an affect on human lives. As baby boomers start to age, the middle age to elderly population will continue to increase in size. This increasing population will require medical care, and the pharmacist will play a key role in the care provided. As the demand for the number of pharmacists increases, coupled with large numbers of pharmacists leaving the profession, this means that the timing is right if you want to start or advance your career as a pharmacist. Below you will find a current listing of pharmacist positions which are available. If you are seeking a
pharmacist position, book mark this page and return frequently.


Pharmacy Jobs – A Top Career in the Healthcare Industry

Author: Dr. Omudhome Ogbru

Pharmacy professionals play an important role in the care of patients and in other areas of the healthcare industry. Pharmacists in the community and hospital setting ensure that patients receive the right medications. They also advise patients regarding medicines, including how to take them, what reactions could happen, and about drug interactions. They are a major resource for medical information in hospitals, clinics, community pharmacies, and many other settings.

One major advantage of having a doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) is the variety of opportunities that are available. When most people think of the pharmacy profession they think about the community, hospital, or clinic pharmacist. Although community and hospital pharmacies are the top employers, pharmacy jobs or jobs that require a pharmacist’s knowledge are available in other areas of healthcare or related industries. The pharmaceutical industry is such an example. Pharmaceutical companies have many jobs that are a close match with PharmD training. Some entry level jobs are available immediately after graduation but many jobs require a fellowship/residency, experience, or additional credentials. Other non-traditional pharmacy jobs include pharmacy consultant, nuclear pharmacy, regulatory jobs at the FDA, and academia. Recently, a new type of pharmacy job called medication therapy management (MTM) pharmacist or personal pharmacist has emerged and is growing. MTM pharmacists provide face-to-face comprehensive medication consultation and bill for their services independent of drug dispensing. Many experts believe that this is the future of the pharmacy profession. Go here to read this entire article



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