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Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

    Work Activities
    • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
    • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
    • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, or registries of poisons, narcotics, or controlled drugs.
    • Work in hospitals or clinics or for Health Management Organizations (HMOs), dispensing prescriptions, serving as a medical team consultant, or specializing in specific drug therapy areas, such as oncology or nuclear pharmacotherapy.
    • Plan, implement, or maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, or labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal.
    • Assess the identity, strength, or purity of medications.
    • Prepare sterile solutions or infusions for use in surgical procedures, emergency rooms, or patients' homes.
    • Collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review, or evaluate the quality or effectiveness of drugs or drug regimens, providing advice on drug applications or characteristics.
    • Order and purchase pharmaceutical supplies, medical supplies, or drugs, maintaining stock and storing and handling it properly.
    • Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
    • Advise customers on the selection of medication brands, medical equipment, or healthcare supplies.
    • Compound and dispense medications as prescribed by doctors and dentists, by calculating, weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients, or oversee these activities.
    • Manage pharmacy operations, hiring or supervising staff, performing administrative duties, or buying or selling non-pharmaceutical merchandise.
    • Provide specialized services to help patients manage conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure.
    • Offer health promotion or prevention activities, such as training people to use blood pressure devices or diabetes monitors.
    • Contact insurance companies to resolve billing issues.
    • Teach pharmacy students serving as interns in preparation for their graduation or licensure.
    • Refer patients to other health professionals or agencies when appropriate.
    • Update or troubleshoot pharmacy information databases.
    • Publish educational information for other pharmacists, doctors, or patients.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $121,770/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $58.54/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 12,780
    • Yearly Projected Openings 630
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Pestle or mortars
    • Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens
    • Liquid scintillation counters
    • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
    • Ampoule filling equipment
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Label making software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.