A pharmacist is a health care provider specially trained to ensure the safe and effective use of medications which today are increasingly complex and highly specialized. As more and more medications appear on the market and as a growing senior population requires more drugs, the demand for pharmacists continues to rise. In fact, in many parts of the United States the need for pharmacists outpaces the supply.
Today's pharmacists master medicines in different ways. They:
Because of the important roles they play, pharmacists are among the most well-regarded members of the health care team.
To become drug experts, pharmacists must train extensively in science and patient care. The 4-year pharmacy school curriculum is rigorous, and today's pharmacy school graduates all hold a doctor of pharmacy degree.
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