There are many different opportunities for pharmacists in today’s workforce. Advancements in medicine and technology have opened up many new doors.
But some positions pay more than others. Here is a shortlist of pharmacy jobs that generally have the best salaries, from highest to lowest.
These are the people you see at your local drugstore, whether it be a CVS or Rite Aid or Walgreens. More than 40% of all pharmacists work in these settings. These pharmacists prepare and dispense medications and advise patients about how to take the medications, as well as inform them about potential side effects.
The average salary nationally for community pharmacists is about $132,000.
These pharmacists work in hospitals, medical clinics, and other health care organizations. They work with other health care professionals as part of a team to deliver treatment to patients. They have a range of duties, including tasks such as creating personalized treatment plans for patients, helping other healthcare providers in evaluating patients, and advising on the best medications to use and dosages.
The average salary for these types of pharmacists is about $129,000 annually.
The hospital pharmacists oversee the dispensing of drugs to the patients in the hospital, with a focus on using IV medication.
Starting salaries for these pharmacy professionals are about $124,000 annually.
The work of a geriatric pharmacist is similar to that of a clinical 1, but with a focus on elderly patient care. Pharmacists in this specialty often work in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Starting salaries for geriatric pharmacists or about $121,000 a year.
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
These pharmacists generally work in outpatient settings, such as doctors’ offices or other medical specialty clinics
The average starting salary for this job is $120,000 a year.
This is a teaching position. Academic pharmacists work at pharmacy schools and colleges educating the next generation of pharmacists. However, to qualify for such a position, pharmacists generally need additional training and expertise and a number of years experience in the profession.
The average salary for an academic pharmacist is about $115,000 a year.
The psychiatric pharmacist needs to have knowledge of both psychology and pharmacy. The position generally requires a two year residency program. These pharmacists work with psychiatrists and physicians, providing advice on the best medications to use for psychiatric patients.
The average starting salary for this job is $115,000 annually.
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