1. Ability to Help Others

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Pharmacists play a key role in improving patient health and wellbeing.  Using their knowledge and drug expertise, pharmacists guide patient medication and monitor patient health to optimize response to medication therapies.

2. Diverse Career Options

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Unlike many other healthcare professions, pharmacy offers a wide range of career opportunities within the field.  Pharmacists can work in a myriad of professional settings, including retail community pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care facilities, the pharmaceutical industry, colleges, or the federal government.

3. Job Prestige

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Pharmacists have advanced degrees and are considered experts in drug therapy.  As visible leaders in the community, pharmacists are well respected and entrusted with the healthcare of patients.

4. High Demand for Jobs

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There is a constant demand for pharmacists in the US.  With a growing elderly population and an exponentially increasing number of prescriptions being filled each year (4.1 billion prescriptions filled in 2015), the need for pharmacists is significant and not likely to disappear in the near future.

5. Forefront of Medical Innovation

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Pharmacists have the opportunity to contribute to major medical discoveries and to develop novel treatment strategies.  Exposure to state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge ideas makes pharmacy an exciting industry.

6. Direct Patient Care

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Direct interaction and communication with patients is a significant part of a pharmacist’s job.  Forming personal relationships with patients and playing an important role in their healthcare team can be a very rewarding process.

7. Salary

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a pharmacist is $120,950 a year.  Additionally, starting salary usually exceeds $100,000, a number hard to beat in most other careers.

8. Job Flexibility

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A career in pharmacy offers great flexibility to allow for optimal work-life balance.  Since pharmacists are in demand around the clock, it is possible to work full-time, part-time, night shifts, or even weekends.

9. Close-knit Community

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The pharmacy community is extremely small, meaning most people know each other within the field.  As a result, networking and forming relationships with other pharmacists can go a long way.

10. Job Autonomy

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In most job environments, pharmacists enjoy a lot of freedom to manage their work and time.  Many pharmacists choose to own their own independent pharmacy, but even for those who don’t, they determine how to best set their priorities and serve their patients.

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