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Become A Pharmacist Manager

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Working As A Pharmacist Manager

  • 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 Pharmacist Manager Do

A Pharmacist Manager is responsible for the production and distribution of medicines in a pharmacy. They are also responsible for supervising the activity of technical and professional personnel.

How To Become A Pharmacist Manager

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

  • Arabic

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Vietnamese

  • Russian

  • Gujarati

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Urdu

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Greek

  • Japanese

  • Armenian

  • Malayalam

  • Portuguese

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Real Pharmacist Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacist (Manager of Record) Remedium Pharmacy, LLC Chelmsford, MA Sep 17, 2016 $174,720
Pharmacist, Manager Calexico Pharmacy Calexico, CA Aug 20, 2016 $170,000
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Kahului, HI May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Burlingame, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. San Francisco, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Redwood City, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Kailua, HI May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Pleasanton, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
Pharmacy Manager Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Cherryville, NC Aug 11, 2016 $161,356
Pharmacy Manager Lincoln Park Pharmacy, LLC Lincoln Park, MI Apr 21, 2015 $131,102
Pharmacy Manager Rite Aid Corp. Clifton Heights, PA May 20, 2015 $130,604
Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Toppenish, WA Jan 29, 2015 $130,438
Pharmacy Manager The VONS Companies, Inc. (Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Safeway Inc.) El Centro, CA Jan 12, 2015 $130,438
Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2015 $130,438
Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Walla Walla, WA Nov 12, 2015 $130,438
Pharmacy Manager Walgreen Co. Lakewood, WA Nov 29, 2016 $130,416
Pharmacy Manager Jane Star Corporation Fort Lee, NJ Apr 20, 2016 $130,062
Pharmacist (Manager of Record) Remedium Pharmacy Chelmsford, MA May 24, 2016 $118,186
Pharmacy Manager Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. Starke, FL Nov 05, 2016 $118,066
Pharmacy Manager Deluxe Pharmacy, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jul 09, 2016 $118,000 -
Pharmacy Manager CVS RX Services, Inc. Laredo, TX Aug 14, 2015 $117,936 -
Retail/Compunding Pharmacy Manager Alternative Medicine and Pharmacy, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 11, 2015 $117,700
Pharmacy Manager Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. D/B/A Florida Orlando, FL Sep 18, 2015 $117,600
Pharmacy Manager Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. DeBary, FL Aug 24, 2016 $117,421
Pharmacy Manager Kissena Drugs and Surgical Supply Inc. NY Jul 27, 2016 $117,042

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist Manager


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Top Pharmacist Manager Skills

  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. Customer Service
  3. Medication Therapy Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided supervision of pharmacy staff in the absence of pharmacy manager.
  • Ensured excellent customer service by Pharmacy associates.
  • Performed all necessary functions, including providing information on all prescription and non-prescription medications and products during Medication Therapy Management.
  • Interacted with patients on a daily basis through direct counseling with regard to drug therapy.
  • Fill new prescriptions and refills for patients, as well as provide supervision for pharmacy technicians.

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