If you are interested in the pharmacy industry, there are several job positions you can aspire to. Those who want to work in the industry should be able to trhive in a fast-paced environment, think on their feet, and be detail oriented. Messing up an order can cause injury or death.
One of the most obvious jobs in pharmacy is a pharmacist. A pharmacist will fill a patient’s perscription and also give the patient advise on how to safely use medications. Pharmacists work anywhere there is a pharmacy including grocery stores, drug stores, hospitals and clinics. Becoming a pharmacist requires obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which is a four-year program and passing two exams to obtain certification. According to a 2010 survey the median salary for a pharmacist is $111,570 per year.
Another job in pharmacy is a pharmacy technician. A technician assists the pharmacist with both customer service as well as filling orders. Pharmacy techs can expect to earn a median salary of $28,400 per year. Unlike that of a pharmacist, a technician can achieve their certification from a community college or tech school in about seven months, which can help to improve their income and job prospects.
Finally, you could also become a document preparation clerk who receive and prepare documents for processing from the patient. Being dependable and har-working will get you far in this position and allow you to move up. This job in pharmacy requires a high school diploma and up to two years experience in this or a related field. The average salary for a document preparation clerk is $36,358 per year.