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Pharmacy: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

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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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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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.