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Become A Staff Pharmacist

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Working As A Staff 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

  • $108,477

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Pharmacist Do

A Staff Pharmacist reviews prescriptions issued by a physician or other authorized prescriber to ensure accuracy and determine the formulas and ingredients needed. They also perform day-to-day administrative tasks, such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

How To Become A Staff 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.


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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Staff Pharmacist Demographics


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  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Gujarati

  • Chinese

  • Cantonese

  • Hebrew

  • Italian

  • German

  • Urdu

  • Malayalam

  • Greek

  • Polish

  • Bengali

  • Persian

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Real Staff Pharmacist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Pharmacist Bansi Corporation Beaumont, CA Jan 10, 2016 $250,440
Staff Pharmacist Kmart Corporation Show Low, AZ Jun 27, 2016 $145,600
Compounding, Marketing & Dispensing Staff Pharmacist Snyder-Mark Drugs Roselle Inc. Roselle, IL Mar 06, 2016 $145,371
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Willits, CA Jan 05, 2015 $145,255
Staff Pharmacist University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2015 $141,566
CA Staff Pharmacist CVS RX Services, Inc. Indio, CA Jul 22, 2016 $140,246
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Burney, CA Jun 16, 2015 $138,994
Staff Pharmacist CVS RX Services, Inc. Odessa, TX Jan 04, 2016 $138,786
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Fairbanks, AK Aug 24, 2016 $138,264
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. North Pole, AK Sep 09, 2016 $138,264
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Fort Bragg, CA Jan 05, 2015 $137,951
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Lakeport, CA Jan 05, 2015 $137,951
Staff Pharmacist Weatherwax Family Pharmacies, Inc. Jackson, MI Jun 24, 2016 $137,280
Staff Pharmacist CVS RX Services, Inc. Dublin, GA Oct 15, 2015 $125,783
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Alliance, NE Aug 25, 2015 $125,220
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Chadron, NE Sep 25, 2015 $125,220
Staff Pharmacist GKN RX Inc. Livingston, CA Jan 03, 2016 $125,220
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Ellensburg, WA Jun 27, 2016 $125,220
Staff Pharmacist Opitiz Inc. Woodbridge, VA Jul 09, 2016 $125,220
Staff Pharmacist Safeway Inc. Yakima, WA Oct 09, 2016 $125,220
Staff Pharmacist Brothers Pharmacy Flint, MI Oct 15, 2015 $125,000
Staff Pharmacist Highland Park Glory Pharmacy, LLC Highland Park, MI Dec 14, 2015 $114,400
Staff Pharmacist Luker Pharmacy Management Incorporated Bay City, TX Sep 15, 2015 $114,000
Staff Pharmacist Luker Pharmacy Management, Incorporated Bay City, TX Sep 10, 2015 $114,000
Staff Pharmacist Rapides Regional Medical Center Alexandria, LA May 09, 2016 $112,907
Staff Pharmacist Heartland Discount Pharmacy LLC Okeechobee, FL Sep 17, 2016 $112,698
Staff Pharmacist Bala Ganapati Inc. Newark, NJ Jul 12, 2015 $112,320
Staff Pharmacist Bala Ganapati Inc. Newark, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $112,320
Staff Pharmacist Accredo Health Group Inc. Memphis, TN Sep 19, 2016 $112,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Pharmacist


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Top Staff Pharmacist Skills

  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. Drug Therapy
  3. IV
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage pharmacy staff in fulfilling approximately 250 prescriptions daily.
  • Participated in drug therapy rounds.
  • Performed assigned duties and responsibilities for the delivery of quality pharmacy services.
  • Answered patient questions about medication and possible drug interactions.
  • Provided excellent customer service, minimal wait time for prescription pickups and handled stat same day deliveries.

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