A Career as a Pharmacist

Becky Drummer

Career Overview

  • Pharmacists dispense drugs
  • Provide information about prescriptions uses and advise their clients
  • Analyze medical data, and scientific research

Career Skills and Interests

  • Listen to others, understand, and ask questions
  • Express clear ideas when speaking and writing
  • Monitoring performance and keeping track of other people and how they are working
  • Being good at decision making and weighing the pros and cons of each decision
  • Being able to manage your time well

Career Working Conditions

  • Have a high level of social contact and be able to work with people all day
  • Work as part of a team
  • Communicate with others on a daily basis and write memos or letters on a daily basis
  • Be particaly responsible for the health and saftey of clients or patients


  • Have a high school diploma or a GED.
  • Complete at least two years of pre-pharmacy courses in college.
  • Graduate from a four year pharmacy program.
  • Complete an internship and pass a state exam.

Career Fields

  • Health Science Technology


  • Minnesota Yearly: $124,670
  • United States Yearly: $116,670
  • Minnesota Hourly: $59.94
  • United States: $56.09

Employment Outlook

  • Minnesota: High
  • United States: Very High

Related Occupations

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Medical Laboratory THechnicians
  • Nuclear medicine Technologists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physicans Assistants

Programs of Study

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Toxicology

Program of Study- Phamacist

Program Choices- Pharmacist


  • Toxicology Biochemistry
  • Toxin Classification
  • Studies of Specific Toxins
  • Molecular Toxin Mechanisms
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Program Admission

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Advanced Biology Courses
  • Advanced Chemistry Courses
  • Physics
  • Calculus

Typical Course Work

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology

Related Programs

  • Chemists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Pharmacists

Colleges that offer this Program

  • University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • University of Washington
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin

College Choice

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

College Information

  • Size and Location: This U of M is located in Minneapolis, MN. There are 34,812 undergraduate students attending the U of M.
  • Admissions Requirements: ACT with Writing Test or SAT. Top 50% of your graduating class. ACT score of 24-29.
  • College Expenses: Tuition is $13,620. Room and Board: $8,412. Books and other Fees: $1,200.
  • Financial Aid/ Grants and Scholarships: State, and School Scholarships. Federal Pellgrants, Nursing Grants.
  • Housing: Dorms, Cooperative housing and Disability housing.
  • Activities: Choral group, Drama, Marching band, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Golf, and Ice Hockey.

Informational Interview

  • I did my interview at CVS Pharmacy. I talked to someone who worked back in the Pharmacy and they were very helpful and enthusiastic to tell me about working in a Pharmacy and gave me a lot of information about their occupation. They told me about all of the different responsibility's and tasks that they have to do on a daily basis and what is expected of them and of the other members of their team. She told me that a huge part of your job is working with patients that come in and I like that but she also said that to be able to help patients efficiently you have to be able to retain a lot of information off the top of your head which concerned me a little bit. She also said that to work in a Pharmacy you need to know a lot of math, science and chemistry. Other occupations besides being a pharmacist could be being a pharmacy technician. I think I would be happy in this occupation because I would be helping people get the best care possible.
  • March 16, 2014. Jenny Jurgens. CVS Pharmacy.Retail Pharmacy.(507) 779-6792.
  • Briefly record your thoughts and feelings about the workplace and the person you just visited. I thought the person I spoke to was very nice and very helpful and the workplace was what I had expected it was very business like.
  • What did you learn in the interview? I leaned about he different responsibilities and tasks a pharmacist has and the different types of pharmacies.
  • What did you like? What didn't you like? I like the fact that I would be working with people a lot. I didn't like that you have to know a lot knowledge off the top of your head.
  • Did you uncover concerns or advantages to this occupation? My concerns would be the amount of math and science you have to know but advantages would be that you get to work one on one with patients.
  • What advice did you receive? That I should take as many math, science and chemistry courses as possible and if you don't have good communication skills then that is something to work on because that is one of the most important things about this job.
  • Did you discover another occupation to explore? If I don't want to be a Pharmacist but I would still like to work in a pharmacy maybe I could look at being  a Pharmacy Tech.
  • How was the work environment? The work environment was professional because things in a pharmacy need to be exact.
  • Do you think you would be happy in this occupation? I think that I could enjoy this occupation especially because you would be helping people and giving them the best care possible.

Plans To Reach Your Goal

Since I am thinking about being a Pharmacist I could contact someone who works in a Pharmacy or in a hospital and I could do a job shadow to gain experience and see if that is something I want to pursue in the future. I could go out and start meeting people in the Pharmacy field and start building networks with people who could help me get a job in the future or they could help me meet new people that could open up more opportunities for me. I could volunteer somewhere and get experience helping people and see if that is something that I enjoy doing because that is a big part of being a pharmacist.  

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