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Career and Education Opportunities for Pharmacists in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia.

About 12,200 people are currently employed as pharmacists in Pennsylvania. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 16% to 14,050 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for pharmacists are expected to grow by about 17.0%. Pharmacists generally compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.

Income for pharmacists is about $46 per hour or $96,020 per year on average in Pennsylvania. Nationally, their income is about $51 per hour or $106,410 per year. Pharmacists earn more than people working in the category of Pharmacy generally in Pennsylvania and more than people in the Pharmacy category nationally. People working as pharmacists can fill a number of jobs, such as: industrial pharmacist, staff pharmacist, and apothecary.

In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist attractions include the Academy Of Natural Sciences, the American Interfaith Institute, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

CITIES WITH Pharmacist OPPORTUNITIES IN Pennsylvania


JOB DESCRIPTION: Pharmacist

Pharmacist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, pharmacists compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.

Every day, pharmacists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Pennsylvania include:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician. Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist. Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist. Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
  • Pharmacist Technician. Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, and record amounts and dosages of medications.
  • Physician Assistant. Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
  • Podiatrist. Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
  • Respiratory Therapist. Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, and operate equipment.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania photo by Ed Yakovich

Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.