Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

A Typical Day

  • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
  • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
  • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, or registries of poisons, narcotics, or controlled drugs.
  • Plan, implement, or maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, or labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal. Assess the identity, strength, or purity of medications.
 

Recommended Credentials

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

There are only Pharmacy Technician programs available in the area, no Pharmacist programs.

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Ask to do a job shadow at a local retail pharmacy or at a hospital.

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health

Look into AP Chemistry or Biology Classes

Pathway 2

Munson Medical has an internal Pharmacy Tech training program, which will give valuable experience while being paid, if employed by Munson Medical.

Pathway 3

Complete a Doctor of Pharmacy program, like those listed above.

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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TIP

Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Manager
  • Pharmacy Informaticist
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Staff Pharmacist
 

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

-6.2%
10-County Region
-6.4%
Michigan
-3%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

320
In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$68,200
$119,620 
$151,280

Annual Hires Regionally

15
In 2020

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