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How do you become a pharmacist, and how much money do pharmacists earn? If you're considering a career in pharmacy, you probably have a lot of questions such as these. Pharmacists are expected to experience more job growth over the next several years, so job prospects are good, but a career as a pharmacist is not for everyone. Over the past few years, the PharmD (Doctorate of Pharmacy) degree has replaced the R.Ph degree as the required education for a career as a pharmacist. Learn more about degree programs and job duties in the pharmacist career profile. If you're already on the path to a degree in pharmacy and a pharmacist career, you may want to learn more about the various pharmacist career paths available to you after you obtain your PharmD and your license to practice.
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May 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm
(1) Cathy Butler says:

I never realized all of the opportunities for a pharmacist. I know so many people with a degree in pharmacy. It sounds like they have great choices for their career paths.

March 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(2) JZ says:

RPh is not a degree, it is proof of registration. The old pharmacist’s degree was a bachelor’s of pharmacy. Any practicing pharmacist, regardless of whether he/she graduated with a BS in Pharmacy or a PharmD needs to become licensed by the state that he/she is practicing it. Once that person passes licensure exams and registers, he/she becomes a registered pharmacist (RPh)

June 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(3) Slick says:

What’s so hard about counting how many of the correct pills go into a bottle?

June 14, 2009 at 2:33 am
(4) MB says:

Wow slick, that is probably the most ignorant statement/questiion I have ever read. So you think that a person goes to school for 7-8 years to count pills? Maybe they went to learn about every pill, side effects, treatments,etc. Do some research or go up to your local pharmacists and tell them their training and education is a joke, if that is what you think

June 17, 2009 at 1:19 am
(5) evelina says:

Wat do u need 2 do to get into pharmacist school if you. Are done with high school and looking for a new perfesion aplicable ?

July 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(6) carl says:

I used to agree with slick, but I am going to school right now in order to complete a transfer program for my Pharm. D., and I can’t believe the wealth of knoweledge required to “count the pills.” Also, pharmacists are becoming more and more involved in the patient process.

August 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm
(7) walter17 says:

if you take pills its a joke. please how to read a prescription? different brands, name-brand vs. generic. the amount of dosage, the cateogories of drugs. and the cost? which is a rip-off. the pharmaceutical companies rip-off American consumers big time and make profits like the oil companies. Americans pay through the nose and then practically give it away to foreign countries then americans seeking that same drug in say Canada, the companies say those drugs are not the same.

then you get that student loan bill for college. learning all the bull for an enormous amount of money. it’s all nothing.

August 14, 2009 at 3:17 am
(8) KathyB says:

To Mr. “SLICK” mouth- RPh’s aren’t the ones who are counting the pills. Those are Pharmacy Techs. Get it right!

August 14, 2009 at 3:24 am
(9) KathyB says:

And for Walter- Pharmacists have to learn about the right dosage for drugs so that the patient get the correct amount that they need. What? You never heard of drug OD??? hello. You people are so ignorant. And also drug compatibility so if a patient needs to be on more than one drug, they won’t be given drugs that aren’t compatible that’s why they have more than one drug that can treat the same symptoms because of drug compatibility. derr!

August 25, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(10) Ironjoe says:

To walter 17 ” the pharmaceutical companies rip-off American consumers big time and make profits like the oil companies”

That’s not true not even close. The pharmacy doesn’t decide what the cost of the drug are.

If you knew anything about it you would realize it’s the Insurance companies who burn people. The pharmacy will default to generic if possible to help their consumers cut back on high prices.

Insurance companies change their policies constantly with no notice, I see consumers dumbfounded every day at the raise of some deductible or high copay everyday.

August 31, 2009 at 7:30 pm
(11) RPH, Pharm D says:

“SLICK” this “PILL COUNTING PHARMACIST” is laughing all the way to the BANK!!

September 3, 2009 at 1:15 am
(12) GreenDude says:

How do you become one?
can i still get there by starting off with life sciences?…then do you switch uni’s cause i think U of T and waterloo are the only ones in Onatiaro

September 10, 2009 at 2:27 am
(13) venus says:

how do you become a pharmacist once you get a diploma on pharmacy tech? What’s the first step?

May 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(14) sally says:

what! this is the best job you can grt

October 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(15) dido says:

I’m apharmacists ,out side canada I’ve got immigrant visa for canada i want to find ajob suitable for me

December 20, 2010 at 6:26 am
(16) nezzy says:

hi just a quick question can you please tell me what do i need to become a pharmacist im over 25 year and i have been working as a pharmacy assistant for 2 and half years so is their anyway that i can study pharmacy or maybe something in pharmacy just to get me more to know about medicines and others

January 25, 2011 at 5:55 am
(17) pavitra rani says:

i am 40+ and i have no experience and qualification on medicine so i was wondering if there is any possibilities for me to be able to become a pharmacist and if there is how and where and how long will it take please do let me know if any one knows please.

February 3, 2011 at 4:24 am
(18) sunny says:

hi i dont a degree in pharmacy from india,,,,,,,how to become a pharmacist and what are the steps……can i start any job as a beginner?

April 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm
(19) dbooker says:

to patriva… its never too late you have to go back to college bust out those classes and get that registered certificate thats the only way.

April 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm
(20) dbooker says:

pavitra*** sorry

May 26, 2013 at 1:37 am
(21) Erick says:

pharmcy is a gud one so let’s stop critising it

September 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm
(22) http://pillcounting.com/ says:

Really great blog – although I do not know English well is a
subject interests me. In Poland we do not have
such a well-developed blogs – Sorry for the mistakes,
but I have a bad English

September 10, 2013 at 10:55 am
(23) Pharmatutor says:

Pharmacy is good profession

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