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Working As A Float Pharmacist

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $118,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Float Pharmacist Do

The primary role of a Float Pharmacist is to assist customers with their health care needs through filling prescriptions and providing excellent customer service. They supervise the work completed by pharmacy technicians and support staff.

How To Become A Float Pharmacist

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy program. They must also be licensed, which requires passing licensure and law exams.

Education

Prospective pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a postgraduate professional degree. In July 2014, there were 130 Doctor of Pharmacy programs fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Admissions requirements vary by program, however, all Doctor of Pharmacy programs require applicants to take postsecondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Most programs require at least 2 years of undergraduate study, although some require a bachelor’s degree. Most programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish, although some programs offer a 3-year option. Some schools admit high school graduates into a 6-year program. A Pharm.D. program includes courses in chemistry, pharmacology, and medical ethics. Students also complete supervised work experiences, sometimes referred to as internships, in different settings such as hospitals and retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacists who own their own pharmacy may choose to get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in addition to their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Others may get a degree in public health.

Training

Following graduation from a Pharm.D. program, pharmacists seeking an advanced position, such as a clinical pharmacy or research job, may need to complete a 1- to 2-year residency. Pharmacists who choose to complete the 2-year residency option receive additional training in a specialty area such as internal medicine or geriatric care.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states license pharmacists. After they finish the Pharm.D. program, prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a number of hours as an intern, which varies by state.

Pharmacists who administer vaccinations and immunizations need to be certified in most states. States typically use the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program as a qualification for certification.

Pharmacists also may choose to earn a certification to show their advanced level of knowledge in a certain area. For instance, a pharmacist may become a Certified Diabetes Educator, a qualification offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or earn certification in a specialty area, such as nutrition or oncology, from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Certifications from both organizations require varying degrees of work experience, as well as passing an exam and paying a fee.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication.

Communication skills. Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take a medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns.

Computer skills. Pharmacists need computer skills to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted.

Detail oriented. Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill. They must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks.

Managerial skills. Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and oversee a staff.

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Float Pharmacist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    55.9%
  • Male

    40.2%
  • Unknown

    3.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    72.3%
  • Asian

    16.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.5%
  • Unknown

    3.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    44.1%
  • Russian

    10.3%
  • Vietnamese

    5.9%
  • Portuguese

    4.4%
  • Chinese

    4.4%
  • Korean

    4.4%
  • Cantonese

    2.9%
  • Gujarati

    2.9%
  • Hindi

    2.9%
  • Urdu

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
  • Swahili

    1.5%
  • Mandarin

    1.5%
  • Malayalam

    1.5%
  • Albanian

    1.5%
  • Filipino

    1.5%
  • French

    1.5%
  • Tagalog

    1.5%
  • Greek

    1.5%
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Real Float Pharmacist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Floater Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Artesia, NM Sep 28, 2015 $135,200
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Las Cruces, NM Sep 28, 2015 $135,200
Floater Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Santa Fe, NM Sep 28, 2015 $135,200
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Columbus, GA May 08, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation FL Feb 28, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Pensacola, FL Feb 28, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floater Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Prattville, AL May 08, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floater Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Homewood, AL May 08, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floater Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Birmingham, AL May 08, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Dothan, AL Dec 01, 2011 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Mobile, AL Dec 01, 2011 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Orange Park, FL Feb 28, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Panama City Beach, FL Feb 28, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Jacksonville, FL Feb 28, 2012 $133,120 -
$141,440
Floating Pharmacist Albertson's, LLC Clovis, NM May 23, 2011 $114,400
Floating Pharmacist Albertson's, LLC Albuquerque, NM May 23, 2011 $114,400
Floating Pharmacist Albertson's, LLC Santa Fe, NM May 23, 2011 $114,400
Floating Pharmacist Albertson's, LLC Las Cruces, NM May 23, 2011 $114,400
Floating Pharmacist Albertson's, LLC Taos, NM May 23, 2011 $114,400
Pharmacist Pharmacist Floater) Publix Super Markets, Inc. Gallatin, TN Jul 06, 2010 $110,240
Pharmacist Pharmacist Floater) Publix Super Markets, Inc. TN Jul 06, 2010 $110,240
Pharmacy Floater Publix Super Markets, Inc. Enterprise, AL May 07, 2012 $108,160
Pharmacy Floater Publix Super Markets, Inc. Columbus, GA May 07, 2012 $108,160
Pharmacy Floater Publix Super Markets, Inc. Montgomery, AL May 07, 2012 $108,160
Pharmacy Floater Publix Super Markets, Inc. Orange Beach, AL May 07, 2012 $108,160
Pharmacy Floater Publix Super Markets, Inc. Destin, FL May 07, 2012 $108,160

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Top Skills for A Float Pharmacist

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Top Float Pharmacist Skills

  1. Floater Pharmacist
  2. Drug Therapy
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Staff or Floater Pharmacist called to work any store any time in the state of North Carolina or Virginia
  • Maintained patients' records to monitor drug therapy for appropriateness and safety consistent with a high level of patient care.
  • Maintain highest level of customer satisfaction at all times & resolve any customer service issues.
  • Assisted in the supervision of pharmacy technicians.
  • Provided critical information and advice to customers regarding possible drug interactions, side effects,dosage and proper medication storage.

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