Career Overview

Pharmacists fill drug prescriptions for patients, and they provide advice as to how to use these drugs safely. In addition, they may complete insurance forms, supervise pharmacy technicians, and advise patients about general health-related topics.


In the United States, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree is required to obtain this position. This degree typically takes four years to complete after a student first earns a four-year bachelor's degree. In Canada, a four-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy is required.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$70,000 /yr
$110,000 /yr
$150,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
Work Environment

Pharmacists typically work in pharmacies (including those in grocery and drug stores) and hospitals.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada