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Pharmacists are experts in the medicines used to treat or prevent disease and symptoms. They interpret and evaluate medication orders; compound, dispense and administer drugs; and provide information to physicians and others about the selection of the best drug products for specific problems. Pharmacists monitor a patient’s medications to avoid complications caused by the interactions and adverse effects of drugs, and they educate patients about medicines and help them make informed choices.
Pharmacists work in community pharmacies, or as members of a team of health care professionals in a hospital, clinic, or nursing home. Most full-time salaried pharmacists work about 40 hours a week. Some, including most self-employed pharmacists, work more than 50 hours a week.
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Employment of pharmacists is projected to decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030, according to the BLS.
Despite declining employment, about 11,300 openings for pharmacists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Professional Program is an upper division program, which means that freshmen entering the program typically spend two years as pre-pharmacy students before applying to the four-year professional program for a total of six years. Pre-pharmacy is not a major, but rather, the title given to the first two years of prerequisite coursework completed under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Once accepted into the program, students must successfully complete the four-year professional program to earn a Pharm.D. degree. The Pharm.D. is not a graduate degree, but rather, a professional degree, such as those earned by attorneys [JD] or doctors [MD] and is the only degree which will allow the graduate to become a licensed, practicing pharmacist.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.
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