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What they do:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.


  • Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree.

  • Pharmacists must be licensed, which requires passing two exams:
                 - North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX);
    Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE),

What they make:
According to the BLS in 2015 the median pay for pharmacists was $121,500 per year or $58.41 per hour.  

Where they work:

  • Pharmacies, including those in grocery and drug stores.

  • Hospitals

  • Other healthcare facilities

According to the BLS job growth for pharmacists between 2014 and 2024 is at a 3% growth rate, which is slower than average.

Updated January 2017 with information provided by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)