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Working As A Pharmacist Manager

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist Manager Do

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.

Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.

Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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How To Become A Pharmacist Manager

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Average Length of Employment
Staff Pharmacist 6.0 years
Pharmacist Manager 6.0 years
Retail Pharmacist 4.8 years
Pharmacist 4.5 years
Float Pharmacist 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Pharmacist Manager
Pharmacist 20.0%
Internship 2.1%
Manager 0.7%
Top Careers After Pharmacist Manager
Pharmacist 28.3%
Manager 1.0%
Owner 0.7%

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Pharmacist Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

50.3%

Female

47.3%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Asian

14.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.1%

Arabic

8.3%

French

6.6%

Hindi

6.3%

Vietnamese

6.3%

Russian

4.5%

Gujarati

2.8%

German

2.8%

Chinese

2.4%

Mandarin

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Urdu

1.7%

Korean

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Armenian

1.0%

Malayalam

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%
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Pharmacist Manager Education

Schools

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

9.8%

University of Florida

9.6%

Duquesne University

8.0%

Temple University

7.3%

Ohio Northern University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy

4.5%

University of Connecticut

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

Ferris State University

4.3%

Auburn University

4.0%

Nova Southeastern University

4.0%

Howard University

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

Washington State University

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.6%

University of Rhode Island

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Texas Southern University

3.6%

University of Mississippi

3.5%
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Majors

Pharmacy

81.0%

Business

5.2%

Biology

2.4%

Chemistry

1.4%

Health Care Administration

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.9%

Clinical Psychology

0.8%

Public Health

0.7%

Pharmacology

0.7%

Nursing

0.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

0.6%

Education

0.6%

Marketing

0.6%

Finance

0.5%

Law

0.5%

Medicine

0.4%

Medical Assisting Services

0.4%

Medical Technician

0.4%

Psychology

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.2%

Doctorate

33.3%

Other

14.9%

Masters

9.9%

Associate

1.6%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.3%
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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. Kailua, HI May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Kahului, HI 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. Pleasanton, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Burlingame, CA May 01, 2015 $163,642
District Pharmacy Manager Safeway Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI 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 -
$120,000
Pharmacy Manager CVS RX Services, Inc. Laredo, TX Aug 14, 2015 $117,936 -
$165,165
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/Supervisor Lemed Pharmacy III LLC New York, NY May 09, 2016 $117,042 -
$117,050

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Pharmacist Manager

Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Southeastern Grocers
Highest Paying City
Fairbanks, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
6.3 years
How much does a Pharmacist Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pharmacist Manager in the United States is $63,001 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000.

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist Manager

  1. Pharmacy Staff Schedule
  2. Drug Therapy
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated pharmacy staff schedule and personnel performance evaluations.
  • Manage pharmacy daily operation including drug distribution, quality assurance, clinical operation, patient counseling and drug therapy management.
  • Established a record of effective management of pharmacy operations for this busy retail sales and customer service-based operation.
  • Performed all necessary functions, including providing information on all prescription and non-prescription medications and products during Medication Therapy Management.
  • Provide training for potential Florida Registered pharmacy technicians, and Pharmacy Students for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice rotations.

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Top 10 Best States for Pharmacist Managers

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  4. Nevada
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  7. Massachusetts
  8. Hawaii
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