|Quick Facts: Pharmacists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$111,570 per year
$53.64 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Doctoral or professional degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||274,900|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||25% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||69,700|
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.
Pharmacists work in pharmacies, including those in grocery and drug stores. They also work in hospitals and clinics.
Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams.
The median annual wage for pharmacists was $111,570 in May 2010.
Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
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