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Pharmacy: Career and Education Opportunities in Oregon

Pharmacy: Pharmacy Aides support Pharmacists as they prepare and dispense mediations. Working with both health care providers and insurance companies, they work to smooth out the process of prescription filling.

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Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.


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Pharmacist's Aide

Pharmacist's Aides record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. Pharmacist's Aides need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.