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Discover the Role of a Retail Pharmacist: Jobs, Salary, and Responsibilities

An indispensable pillar of the healthcare system, retail pharmacists provide essential pharmacy care in various settings, from retail pharmacies to hospital wards and clinics.

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Duties and Responsibilities of a Retail Pharmacist

What exactly is a retail pharmacist? Well, a retail pharmacist holds the responsibility of dispensing prescription medication to patients with extra measures to ensure that medication is given at an accurate dosage with proper instructions for use. 

The day-to-day duties of a retail pharmacist includes reviewing prescriptions for authenticity, educating patients and health care practitioners on drug interactions or proper medication use, administering vaccinations, and conducting health screenings. 

As a retail pharmacist, you will play a crucial role in the healthcare system by ensuring your patients receive guidance on appropriate medication and lifestyle modifications. Retail pharmacists serve as accessible healthcare resources for patients by addressing queries and facilitating safe patient outcomes. Through a passion for helping others, your role can make a significant impact on each patient’s well-being. 

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Benefits of Working as a Retail Pharmacist

Becoming a retail pharmacist is a fulfilling and impactful career. You have the chance to make a significant difference in each patient’s lives by providing direct counselling and medication advice. Retail pharmacy also allows for varied work environments and flexible schedules, which is ideal for job satisfaction and work-life balance. This role also provides ample room for growth and plenty of opportunities for career advancement. 

If you're passionate about this journey, let Quad Recruitment be your supportive guide in finding your dream job. Together, we’ll uncover the perfect match for your skills, salary expectations and aspirations to help take your career to new heights. 

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How to Become a Retail Pharmacist

The first step to becoming a retail pharmacist is to complete a bachelor's degree. This can be in any field, but most pharmacy schools prefer applicants who have a degree in a science-related field, such as biology, chemistry, or physics.

Once you have completed your bachelor's degree, you can apply to pharmacy school. Pharmacy school is a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program that typically takes four years to complete. You will need to complete The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) which is a requirement for most pharmacy programs.

The next step to becoming a retail pharmacist is to obtain a Pharm.D. from an accredited pharmacy program. 

Pharmacy school is a rigorous program that includes coursework in pharmacology, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical sciences. You’ll also need to complete a formal internship at a pharmacy during your program. The hours needed in your internship will depend on your state’s licensing requirements.

Retail pharmacists are required to take 2 licensing exams after successfully completing a PharmD program. You’ll need to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and either the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a jurisprudence exam specific to your state. Your state’s licensing board will let you know which exam you need to take. Once you’ve passed, you’ll have everything you need to start applying for retail pharmacy jobs.

Regardless of having extensive pharma knowledge (which your education will guarantee you have), how quickly you progress your career as a retail pharmacist is based on a handful of other skills that you’ll nurture from learning and practicing as one.

Salary Insights for Retail Pharmacists

Curious about the average salary for a retail pharmacist? Due to the unique demands, requirements and responsibilities of this role, retail pharmacists usually receive competitive salaries and benefits. The annual salary for pharmacists can be anywhere between $104,137 and $172,306 per year. Retail pharmacists, specifically, earn around $161,428 per year

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A career as a retail pharmacist contractor is an option for many professionals right now due to the flexibility that it gives to both pharmacies and pharmacists. If you'd like to learn how to become a contractor through Quad, you'll find our Hub very useful.

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Why We Recommend Our Retail Clients

Quad Recruitment is partnered with 100s of retail pharmacy organizations across N. America. All of these pharmacies can offer you the following:

1. Competitive Salaries and Benefits: Our partners offer competitive salaries and benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plans.

2. Opportunities for advancement: Pharmacy retail jobs offer many opportunities for advancement, both within the pharmacy and within the company. 

3. Adequately Staffed Pharmacy: We know how important it is to have a great team around you when working in a retail or community pharmacy.

4. Opportunity To Make a Difference: You will play a vital role in the healthcare system and will help to improve patient outcomes.

5. Flexible Work Arrangements: You will have a good balance between work and personal life.

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