What is a Pharmacist?

Pharmacists are responsible for knowing the purposes, effects, and side effects of various drugs. They should be able to tell from looking at a patient's profile whether or not it is safe to combine new medications with the medications that patient is already taking. Modern drugs have the potential to significantly improve patients' quality of life, however it is important that they are taken correctly, with the proper frequency and in the appropriate dosage.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Government offices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Education and Training Requirements

The education requirements for an entry-level position as a pharmacist is typically a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree.


According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for a pharmacist is about $111,570 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Pharmacists Association