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Working As A Pharmacist Supervisor

  • 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

  • $126,043

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist Supervisor Do

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

Duties

Pharmacists typically do the following:

  • Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medication to give to patients
  • Check whether prescriptions will interact negatively with other drugs that a patient is taking or any medical conditions the patient has
  • Instruct patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine and inform them about potential side effects they may experience from taking the medicine
  • Give flu shots and, in most states, other vaccinations
  • Advise patients about general health topics, such as diet, exercise, and managing stress, and on other issues, such as what equipment or supplies would be best to treat a health problem
  • Complete insurance forms and work with insurance companies to ensure that patients get the medicines they need
  • Oversee the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)
  • Keep records and do other administrative tasks
  • Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients

Some pharmacists who own their pharmacy or manage a chain pharmacy spend time on business activities, such as inventory management. Pharmacists also must take continuing education courses throughout their career to keep up with the latest advances in pharmacological science.

With most drugs, pharmacists use standard dosages from pharmaceutical companies. However, some pharmacists create customized medications by mixing ingredients themselves, a process known as compounding.

The following are examples of types of pharmacists:

Community pharmacists work in retail stores such as chain drug stores or independently owned pharmacies. They dispense medications to patients and answer any questions that patients may have about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or any health concerns that the patient may have. They also may provide some primary care services such as giving flu shots.

Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They spend little time dispensing prescriptions. Instead, they are involved in direct patient care. Clinical pharmacists may go on rounds in a hospital with a physician or healthcare team. They recommend medications to give to patients and oversee the dosage and timing of the delivery of those medications. They also may conduct some medical tests and offer advice to patients. For example, pharmacists working in a diabetes clinic may counsel patients on how and when to take medications, suggest healthy food choices, and monitor patients’ blood sugar.

Consultant pharmacists advise healthcare facilities or insurance providers on patient medication use or improving pharmacy services. They also may give advice directly to patients, such as helping seniors manage their prescriptions.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists work in areas such as marketing, sales, or research and development. They may design or conduct clinical drug trials and help to develop new drugs. They may also help to establish safety regulations and ensure quality control for drugs.

Some pharmacists work as college professors. They may teach pharmacy students or conduct research. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Pharmacist Supervisor

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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Pharmacist Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Female

50.2%

Male

46.6%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

11.8%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.6%

French

18.8%

German

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Korean

6.3%

Ukrainian

3.1%

Turkish

3.1%

Amharic

3.1%

Armenian

3.1%

Polish

3.1%
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Pharmacist Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Florida

9.2%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

Howard University

7.4%

Temple University

6.7%

University of Mississippi

6.1%

Duquesne University

5.5%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

5.5%

Saint John's University - New York

4.9%

Ohio Northern University

4.9%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of New Mexico

3.7%

Texas Southern University

3.1%

Shenandoah University

3.1%

Nova Southeastern University

3.1%
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Majors

Pharmacy

66.3%

Business

10.2%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Management

2.8%

Biology

1.6%

Nursing

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.9%

Computer Science

0.9%

Health And Wellness

0.9%

Clinical Psychology

0.9%

Education

0.9%

English

0.9%

Chemistry

0.9%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Psychology

0.7%

Public Health

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Doctorate

22.5%

Masters

17.7%

Other

15.1%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.6%
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Real Pharmacist Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacy Supervisor Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jan 12, 2016 $159,578
Pharmacy Supervisor Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Aug 15, 2016 $145,600
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Dec 08, 2016 $139,412 -
$172,407
Pharmacy Supervisor Baptist Hospital of Miami, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 30, 2013 $137,536
Pharmacy Supervisor Field Management CVS RX Services, Inc. Longview, TX Oct 15, 2015 $137,345
Pharmacist Supervisor Brownsvillepharmacy1LLC Brownsville, TX Apr 11, 2016 $136,500
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. White Bear Lake, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Woodbury, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Little Canada, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Maplewood, MN Feb 07, 2013 $135,655 -
$144,838
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Arroyo Grande, CA Apr 15, 2015 $131,105 -
$200,352
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 17, 2012 $121,359 -
$139,140
District Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Dublin, CA Jun 17, 2012 $121,359 -
$145,485
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL Jul 31, 2013 $121,359 -
$139,140
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Abilene, TX Jan 29, 2016 $121,171 -
$155,294
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Abilene, TX Nov 03, 2016 $121,171 -
$155,294
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 22, 2011 $120,649 -
$145,485
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 13, 2011 $120,245 -
$144,997
District Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Sep 08, 2010 $120,023 -
$67
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Novi, MI Jun 07, 2011 $115,000 -
$129,000
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. West Bloomfield, MI Feb 01, 2011 $115,000 -
$129,000
District Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 20, 2013 $114,785 -
$135,551
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 23, 2012 $114,785 -
$135,551
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. Longview, TX Sep 18, 2012 $114,785 -
$135,551
Pharmacy Supervisor CVS RX Services, Inc. West Bloomfield, MI Oct 01, 2011 $114,034 -
$129,770

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist Supervisor

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  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. Pharmacy Technician
  3. DUR
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  • Supervised pharmacy staff to promote and maintain quality pharmaceutical services and appropriate and cost effective drug utilization within the pharmacy budget.
  • Supervised pharmacy technicians and interns with responsibility for the management, direction, and administration of pharmacy operations.
  • Developed and managed weekly DUR pharmacist peer panel to review corporate assigned errors against practical pharmacist judgment.
  • Responded to escalated calls/customer service issues to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the call center to include production statistics, development and implementation of new programs and processes.

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