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Top 10 Pharmacist jobs and career
« on: October 01, 2019, 02:27:32 PM »
Top 10 Pharmacist jobs and career


Introduction
Pharmacy is an evolving profession. Over the years pharmacists have found new ways to leverage their status as experts in medication therapy to create new pharmacy careers that have significantly improved patient care and advanced the pharmacy profession. Here is a brief description of  jobs and careers for pharmacists.

1.Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

Job description: Direct patient care and management of medications for ambulatory patients; manage ambulatory clinics
Requirement: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmacy; ambulatory care pharmacy residency and board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy are preferred. Certification in management of chronic conditions or therapies such as diabetes, asthma, anticoagulation is desirable.
Advantages: Provide direct patient care in a clinic setting
Practice site: Outpatient hospital or community clinics

2.Academic Pharmacist

Job description: Conduct research, publish articles, teach and mentor tomorrow's pharmacist. Some also practice pharmacy in the community, hospital, or ambulatory settings.
Requirement: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmacy, some also have PhD degrees; one-year residency, and/or fellowship.
Other Skills: Need excellent writing and speaking skills, interest in research
Advantages: Flexible schedule, work in an office, opportunity to shape the future of pharmacy, pharmacy license may not be required
Practice site: universities, schools of pharmacy and medicine, local, state, national, and international organizations.

3.Community Pharmacist

Job description: Fill prescriptions, counsel patients, resolve reimbursement issues, manage
drug inventory, supervise pharmacy technicians
Practice sites: traditional chain drugstores, independent community pharmacies, and supermarkets
Requirements BS or PharmD and active pharmacy license
Other Skills: ability to multitask, work long hours, strong communication skills, work in a stressful environment, business management skills
Advantages: Multiple work shifts, direct patient interactions, can work part-time,
pharmacies are ubiquitous
Statistics: 62% of pharmacists work in community pharmacies.

4.Compounding Pharmacist

Job description: Compound drugs for individual prescriptions to meet patient needs. Counsel patients and collaborate with healthcare providers.
Requirement: PharmD or BS degree, active pharmacy license, compounding course
Practice sites: Compounding pharmacies, community pharmacies, hospitals, universities


5.Critical Care Pharmacist

Job description: Provide clinical pharmacy services in an acute setting, may manage a decentralized pharmacy, teach and mentor students and residents
Requirement: PharmD or BS degree, active pharmacy license, ACLS certification, general residency followed by a specialty residency in critical care
Other skills: experience working in a multidisciplinary team, in depth knowledge of several diseases, excellent communication skills
Advantages: Direct patient care, teaching, clinical pharmacy practice
Practice sites: intensive care units, emergency departments, operating rooms


6.Drug Information Specialist

Job description: Research literature and provide responses to drug information questions.
Requirement: BS or PharmD; one-year residency or other training in drug information. Active pharmacy license may not be required in non-patient care or drug dispensing settings.
Other Skills: experience and training in clinical toxicology, poison, and drug information, must possess strong communication skills, capable of working with computers and other modern technologies
Advantages: Work in an office setting, predictable hours
Practice sites: hospitals, pharmaceutical industry, publication (content development) industry, poison control centers


7.Home Care (Home Infusion) Pharmacist
Job description: Provide home infusion and nutritional services, visit patients at home and teach them about their medications
Requirement: BS or PharmD and active pharmacy license, experience preparing Intravenous medications is desirable
Other Skills: Participate as part of a multidisciplinary team, communicate effectively, keep accurate records, understand parenteral nutrition
Advantages: Less stressful than retail pharmacy
Practice sites: patients’ homes, home care agencies, hospices, specialized infusion companies, ambulatory infusion centers.


8.Hospital Staff Pharmacist

Job description: responsible for drug distribution in a hospital, provide clinical services, educate doctors and nurses, develop policies for drug storage and distribution, create protocols for drug administration, counsel patients
Requirements: BS or PharmD and active pharmacy license; residency or fellowship may be required for clinical positions
Other Skills: Participate as part of a multidisciplinary team, must have strong communication skills
Practice sites: hospitals, health care systems

9.Infectious disease pharmacist

Job description: Assist in selection, monitoring, and administration of antimicrobials; evaluate antimicrobial drug use and create policies.
Requirements: PharmD, active pharmacy license; residency or fellowship in infectious disease; strong knowledge of anti-microbial pharmacology and guidelines
Other Skills: Participate as part of a multidisciplinary team, must have strong communication skills
Advantages: Direct patient care, teaching, clinical pharmacy practice
Practice sites: Research settings, hospitals, universities, government agency


10.Long-term Care or Consultant Pharmacist


Job description: Provide clinical pharmacy services to the geriatric population. Review drug regimens and provide recommendations to providers.
Requirement: PharmD, BS, active license; certification in geriatric pharmacy is preferred, one-year residency in geriatric pharmacy, and clerkships in long-term care may be helpful
Other Skills: Great communication skills and ability to interact well with people, ability to work as part of a healthcare team, must enjoy working with a geriatric community
Advantages: Predictable schedule. Often can work independently as a consultant
Practice sites: Nursing homes, hospitals, assisted-living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, home care, sub-acute care facilities.
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