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Pharmacy: Career and Education Opportunities in California

Pharmacy: Pharmacists interpret and mange the drug prescriptions provided to patients by physicians. Using specialized knowledge of drugs, their alternatives and their interactions, they dispense the medications that patients need.

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California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles. In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.


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Pharmacists compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners. Pharmacists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Pharmacist Technician

Pharmacist Technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. Pharmacist Technicians need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to train others in tasks and process.