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Transcript of Career Project
Pharmacists are health professionals who, in addition to dispensing prescription medication to patients, also provide information about the drugs their doctors have ordered for them. They explain doctors' instructions to patients so that these individuals can use these medications safely and effectively.
American Pharmacists Association
You can search for pharmacy jobs in your area and have all the guidelines to becoming a pharmacist.
By: Jeremiah Melton
usually work in clean, well-lit and well-ventilated areas
spend most of their workday on their feet
many community and hospital pharmacies are open for extended hours or around the clock, so pharmacists may work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays
most full-time salaried pharmacists worked about 43 hours a week
Rasmussen College offers an associate degree for pharmacy technicians.
Ashworth College, in Norcross, Georgia, offers a career diploma for pharmacy technicians.
High School Courses
Pros and Cons
median annual salary - $113,390
best-paid 10 percent made approximately $144,090 a year
lowest-paid made approximately $84,490
2 years of professional study at a college or university before beginning a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at a college of pharmacy that generally takes four years to complete
there are several examinations to pass, and often a one- or two-year postgraduate residency program
fellowships designed to prepare pharmacists for specialized areas like clinical practices or research labs
serve patients and the community by providing information and advice on health
providing medications and associated services
referring patients to other sources of help and care, such as physicians, when necessary
rely on pharmacists for information about various drugs, their availability, and their activity
One of the pros to being a pharmacist is that there is a high demand for them in most markets. The pay is decent and the future for the profession is bright. The con may be standing on your feet all day and the chance you could be robbed.
Physicians examine patients; obtain medical histories; order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests; and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. They counsel patients about illness, injuries, health conditions and preventive healthcare (diet/fitness, smoking cessation, etc.).
Physicians work in a variety of healthcare settings. Many work in private practice, either alone or as part of a medical practice. Others work in hospitals, medical centers, universities and other public agencies.
Penn State College of Medicine's mission is to prepare graduates to be competent in the delivery of health care services, to develop critical thinking and application skills, and to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to the patients that they will serve.
The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) program educates primary care physician assistants eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.
High School Courses
Pros and Cons
Orthopedic surgeons again topped the list as the highest earners, with a mean income of $405,000
diabetes physicians/endocrinologists ($178,000)
family physicians ($175,000)
HIV/infectious disease physicians ($170,000)
Four years at a college or university to earn a BS or BA degree, usually with a strong emphasis on basic sciences, such as biology, chemistry, and physics
Four years of education at one of the U.S. medical schools
Students earn their doctor of medicine degrees (MDs), although they must complete additional training before practicing on their own as a physician.
diagnosing diseases and accepting the sole responsibility for the diagnosis
assessing the need for medicinal therapy and prescribing the relevant medicines
providing information to patients about diagnosis, indications and treatment goals
monitoring response to medicinal therapy and when necessary revising the therapeutic plan
maintaining adequate records
National Physicians Alliance
You can join for the care and help physician or donate money to the company.
One of the pros to being a physician is that there is a high demand for them in most markets. The pay is decent and the future for the profession is bright. The con may be strict in hiring and firing.