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Pharmacists prepare medications prescribed by doctors and other medical specialists. They meet with doctors to discuss drug interactions, side effects, and concerns about patients. Pharmacists are trained to understand proper medication usage, drug compositions, and medication side effects. They also look out for the well being of others by advocating for safe and quality medications.

Working Conditions
Pharmacists typically work in well-ventilated, brightly-lit, and clean pharmacies. They stand for hours every day. Pharmacists are usually employed at pharmacies located at medical clinics, hospitals, and stores. Since pharmacists occasionally work with dangerous chemicals, they must wear masks, gloves, and other protective equipment. Pharmacists employed at hospitals often work holidays, nights, and weekends since hospitalized patients require 24 hour care. During 2009, 25 percent of pharmacists were employed part-time. Full-time pharmacists on salary usually work more than 40 hours every week, while self-employed ones usually work over 50 hours weekly.

Career Training and Education
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education recognizes 120 pharmacy colleges. After graduating from a pharmacy program, you'll receive a doctorate of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D). It takes 4 years to complete one of these programs. To become board certified in the state where you intend to practice, you must pass a thorough examination.

After graduating, you'll have the option of completing a 1-2 year residency program, which provides graduates with clinical experience. Those interested in conducting research should complete a residency. Those aspiring to setup and manage a pharmacy often earn master's in business administration degrees (MBAs).
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