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If you are interested in a career as a pharmacist, this comprehensive page provides all the information you will need about careers as a pharmacist, including a career overview, career path options, videos about becoming a pharmacist and working as a pharmacist, and a salary chart.

1. Pharmacist Career Overview

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What is a pharmacist and what do pharmacists do? How do you become a pharmacist? This article outlines the career responsibilities, overview of pros and cons of being a pharmacist, and information about educational requirements too. 

There is a lot more to being a pharmacist than many people realize, including the administrative work, the long work hours, and the patient interaction.

2. How to Become a Pharmacist - Video

Bill Brownstein, a pharmacist and owner of a pharmacy in the New York City area, explains what it takes to become a pharmacist in this informative video.

3. Pharmacy School Tips

One thing standing between you and your pharmacy career is graduate school - specifically, pharmacy school, where you will need to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.). This tip sheet will help demystify the process and provide additional resources to walk through the process and get accepted into a pharmacy program so you can begin pursuing your dream career as a pharmacist!

4. Career Paths and Types of Pharmacists

When people think of a career as a pharmacist, they often envision the person behind the counter at the drug store or hospital pharmacy. However, there are many different paths pharmacists can take besides retail pharmacy (working in a drug store). Learn more about the types of pharmacists' careers including nuclear pharmacists, clinical pharmacists, pharmaceutical benefit managers, and more.

5. Salary for Pharmacists

This salary chart depicts the compensation levels for pharmacists from year one through twenty-plus years. Pharmacists have very competitive starting salaries, but you may notice that they don't show much growth in earnings as years pass. Twenty years later, they're earning about $20,000 more than starting pharmacists. Again, the income for pharmacists is strong, and they are among the higher earning health professionals, but don't expect your salary to grow by leaps and bounds.

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