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Become A Pharmacist In Charge

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Working As A Pharmacist In Charge

  • 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

  • $117,394

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist In Charge Do

A Pharmacist in Charge keeps records of all of a pharmacy's transactions to ensure accurate control over drugs. They answer questions and provide information to pharmacy customers about drug interactions, side effects, and dosage.

How To Become A Pharmacist In Charge

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.


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.


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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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Gujarati

  • Mandarin

  • Filipino

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Dakota

  • Polish

  • Swahili

  • Turkish

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Real Pharmacist In Charge Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacist-In-Charge Falmouth Pharma LLC North Falmouth, MA Oct 21, 2016 $160,160
Pharmacist-In-Charge Shapa, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 11, 2016 $150,264
Pharmacist In Charge MPN Pharmacy MGT LLC. Round Rock, TX Jan 10, 2016 $144,000
Pharmacist In Charge Bacon East Pharmacy Concord, CA Jul 14, 2016 $143,000
Pharmacist In Charge Centro Pediatric Pharmacy LLC Richland Hills, TX Dec 07, 2016 $140,000
Pharmacist In Charge Main Street Pharmacy Inc. Oak Hill, WV Jul 09, 2015 $140,000
Pharmacist In-Charge Raj Lunagaria Inc. San Bernardino, CA May 10, 2015 $137,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge CVS RX Services, Inc. Porterville, CA Jul 27, 2015 $136,323
Pharmacist-In-Charge Mission Pharmacy Services Inc. Yuba City, CA May 25, 2016 $135,655
Pharmacist-In-Charge CVS RX Services, Inc. Livingston, TX Jul 27, 2015 $134,090
Pharmacist-In-Charge Health Care Pioneers, Inc. Dba Vivarx Pharmacy Rancho Mirage, CA Nov 30, 2016 $132,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge CVS RX Services, Inc. Liberty, TX Jul 13, 2015 $131,481
Pharmacist-In-Charge Zarzamora Healthcare LLC San Antonio, TX Jul 04, 2016 $131,019
Pharmacist In Charge Trinity Health Care, LLC Chandler, AZ Nov 15, 2015 $130,624
Pharmacist In-Charge Trinity Health Care LLC DBA Chandler Drugs Chandler, AZ Jan 08, 2016 $119,205
Pharmacist-In-Charge Fort Hill Chemists Inc. D/B/A Fort Hill Pharmacy Groton, CT Mar 10, 2016 $118,100
Pharmacist-In-Charge Byron Drugs LLC Southgate, MI May 18, 2016 $117,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge Unity Pharmacy LLC Fairfield, CT Sep 02, 2016 $115,336
Pharmacist-In-Charge Unity Pharmacy LLC Fairfield, CT Feb 09, 2016 $115,336
Pharmacist In Charge South Austin Pharmacy LLC Austin, TX Mar 28, 2016 $115,170 -
Pharmacist-In-Charge North East Drugs, LLC Baltimore, MD Jul 18, 2016 $115,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge HDK Enterprises Inc. Corpus Christi, TX Jan 07, 2016 $114,878
Pharmacist-In-Charge Parke Vista Pharmacy Inc. Riverside, CA Feb 23, 2015 $109,637 -
Pharmacist In Charge Mecap Inc., Dba Glen Ridge Pharmacy Glen Ridge, NJ Jun 27, 2016 $109,013
Pharmacist In-Charge Branch Brook Corp Newark, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $109,013
Pharmacist In Charge BZ Pharmacy Houston, TX Jan 03, 2015 $108,524
Pharmacist In Charge Metro Pharmacy II, LLC Newark, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $108,493
Pharmacist In Charge HDK Enterprises, Inc. Corpus Christi, TX Aug 11, 2016 $108,160
Pharmacist-In-Charge Shivsai RX LLC D/B/A Sanford Discount Pharmacy Sanford, FL Aug 19, 2016 $107,661
Pharmacist-In-Charge Benzer Fl 4, LLC Mount Dora, FL Dec 21, 2016 $107,661

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist In Charge


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Top Pharmacist In Charge Skills

  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. Pharmacy Technicians
  3. Drug Therapy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed procedures to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness of the pharmacy and pharmacy staff.
  • Elevated team performance through selection and training of talented pharmacy technicians.
  • Perform drug therapy management in accordance to a physician authorized protocol.
  • Received 27 Awards for Customer Service, Quality and Patient Safety.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls to implement new initiatives.

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