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Pharmacists - 29-1051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Informatics Pharmacist
  • Pharm D (Pharmacy Doctor)
  • Pharmacist in Charge (PIC)
  • Pharmacy Coordinator
  • Pharmacy Informaticist
  • Pharmacy Services Clinical Coordinator
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise customers on the selection of medication brands, medical equipment, or healthcare supplies.
  • Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
  • Assay radiopharmaceuticals, verify rates of disintegration, and calculate the volume required to produce the desired results, to ensure proper dosages.
  • Assess the identity, strength, or purity of medications.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review, or evaluate the quality or effectiveness of drugs or drug regimens, providing advice on drug applications or characteristics.
  • Compound and dispense medications as prescribed by doctors and dentists, by calculating, weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients, or oversee these activities.
  • Contact insurance companies to resolve billing issues.
  • Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, or registries of poisons, narcotics, or controlled drugs.
  • Manage pharmacy operations, hiring or supervising staff, performing administrative duties, or buying or selling non-pharmaceutical merchandise.
  • Offer health promotion or prevention activities, such as training people to use blood pressure devices or diabetes monitors.
  • Order and purchase pharmaceutical supplies, medical supplies, or drugs, maintaining stock and storing and handling it properly.
  • Plan, implement, or maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, or labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal.
  • Prepare sterile solutions or infusions for use in surgical procedures, emergency rooms, or patients' homes.
  • Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
  • Provide specialized services to help patients manage conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure.
  • Publish educational information for other pharmacists, doctors, or patients.
  • Refer patients to other health professionals or agencies when appropriate.
  • Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability.
  • Teach pharmacy students serving as interns in preparation for their graduation or licensure.
  • Update or troubleshoot pharmacy information databases.
  • Work in hospitals or clinics or for Health Management Organizations (HMOs), dispensing prescriptions, serving as a medical team consultant, or specializing in specific drug therapy areas, such as oncology or nuclear pharmacotherapy.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Merchandise healthcare products or services.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aeromedical Evacuation (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Allied Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Behavioral Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Pharmacologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Health Services (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacist (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacy (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacy Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pharmacy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Podiatry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Pharmacy Services
  • Pharmacist
  • Radiopharmacist