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Pharmacy: Career and Education Opportunities in Utah

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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Utah has a population of 2,784,572, which has grown by 24.69% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beehive State," Utah's capital and biggest city is Salt Lake City. In 2008, there were a total of 1,702,493 jobs in Utah. The average annual income was $32,050 in 2008, up from $31,800 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Utah was 6.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.9% since the previous year. Approximately 26.1% of Utah residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Utah include activities related to credit intermediation, nonferrous metal production, and sporting goods manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Utah State Government, the Hogle Zoo, and the Utah Museum of Natural History.


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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.