There are many good reasons to choose pharmacy as a career. It is one of the most well-respected professions, regularly at the top of polls listing the most admired people. It is intellectually challenging and rewarding, both financially and emotionally because you are helping others.
Here are three good reasons to become a pharmacist.
You Help Others
You help improve the quality of life for people by taking care of their health. You dispense medications and counsel patients on why the drugs need to be taken, what they do, how and when to take them. Pharmacists also help patients manage their medications, talking to them about adhering to their schedules, drug interactions that may be harmful, less expensive alternatives and other health issues.
Today the role of the pharmacist has expanded to include other aspects of healthcare, such as providing vaccinations, blood pressure monitoring, screening for cholesterol, counseling patients about medications to help control chronic conditions such asthma and diabetes, and for anticoagulation management and smoking cessation.
Different Career Options
You can work in retail or independent pharmacies dispensing drugs or in a hospital pharmacy working with more complex medications, such as intravenous drugs and radioactive materials for cancer treatment or digital imaging. Some hospital pharmacists also work as members of healthcare teams delivering patient care.
Other pharmacists work in assisted living environments, while others teach, do research or work with drug manufacturers.
In 2018, the median salary for pharmacists in the United States was about $124,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who were in the lowest 10 percent of earnings averaged well over $84,000 a year, while those in the top 10 percent of earnings made more than $159,000.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2016 and 2026, the number of job openings for pharmacists will increase by 6 percent. This demand is caused by an aging population. In 2017, pharmacists filled 4.13 billion prescriptions, and that figure is expected to grow to 4.57 billion by 2024. In addition, more pharmacists will be needed to counsel elderly patients, many of whom have complicated medication regimens, and to help them control costs.
If you are a pharmacist or pharmacy technician looking for work, Cameron and Company can help you. We provide temporary pharmacy professionals to healthcare organizations nationwide. With more than 45 years of experience, we have the expertise and knowledge to help find a job that is right for you. Give Cameron and Company a call today.