The following information was taken from the websites of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pharmacy Careers.
Most people think of pharmacists when they get sick and they need to fill a prescription at their community pharmacy or to have drug-related questions answered. But that is just a small part of an extensive list of things that pharmacists are qualified to do.Besides working in the community, a pharmacist can work in a hospital, home health care, nursing homes, organizations, pharmaceutical research companies, government health agencies, and higher education among others.
Although pharmacists do not have the most visible job in health care they are a critical element to the delivery of quality patient care. The pharmacy profession, like all other health care professions, is in the midst of a severe shortage, which has left the profession overtapped.
There are career opportunities for pharmacists in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health centers, and clinics. Some 50,000 chain and independent pharmacy retailers, department stores, and supermarkets across the United States operate pharmacy operations where qualified pharmacy professionals are working.