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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $116,730.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Advanced degree (includes Master's, Professional, and Doctoral degrees)
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 2,171
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -2.06 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Resource Allocation
Customer Service
Following Directions
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Written Communication
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze chemical or biological data
Analyze organic compounds
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Perform biological testing
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Calculate medicine dosages
Calculate radiation dosages following physician's prescription
Calculate prescription dosages following physician's prescription
Analyze medical or health data
Analyze patient activity
Perform medical research
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Prescribe medication
Follow safety procedures and regulations in medical or medical support environments
Recommend medical devices, drugs, or treatments
Standardize methods of immunization
Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Implement health or sanitation standards
Implement sanitation practices in health care settings

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies
Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment
Maintain inventory of office supplies
Order medical or medical support supplies, materials, and equipment
Order medical supplies or equipment
Inventory medical supplies or instruments
Dispense prescribed medications and pharmaceuticals
Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources
Deliver prescribed medications and pharmaceuticals

Documenting/Recording Information

Write technical health or medical documents
Maintain dental or medical records
Maintain record of medication or equipment dispensed to patient
Maintain record of organization expenses
Maintain customer and account records
Maintain medical facility records

Handling and Moving Objects

Compound pharmaceutical or chemical substances in medical preparations
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Prepare medications or medical solutions
Mix medical solutions safely according to instructions
Store pharmaceutical supplies or prescriptions
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Store Management
Inventory Maintenance
American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE)
Hospital Experience
Medication Dispensation
Drug Utilization Review
Order Entry

Related Licensing Requirements

Pharmacist (18-0000000048)

To obtain either a license or certificate, candidates must: Be at least 18 years of age. Have either graduated with a professional degree from a school of pharmacy accredited by the American council of Pharmaceutical Education or have graduated from a school of pharmacy located outside the United States and Canada, provided additional requirements have been satisfied. Have satisfactorily completed either a pharmacist intern or pharmacist extern program approved by the board. Not have been convicted of a crime nor have been subject to disciplinary sanctions that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Successfully pass the board-administered examination. Pay all application and examination fees. Licenses for pharmacists are renewed every two years, subject to continuing education requirements. Pharmacist intern and extern certificates are valid for six years. More detailed information, including application materials and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Board of Pharmacy (3172342067)

Pharmacy Intern (18-0000000074)

856 IAC 1-3.1-7 Pharmacist intern/extern; program requirements Sec. 7. (a) Practical experience requirements for pharmacist interns/externs in Indiana may be satisfied by complying with either of the following: (1) Completion of the practical experience requirements of the college or school of pharmacy from which the intern/extern has graduated, if the curriculum of the college or school has been accredited by: (A) the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE); (B) the Canadian Council on Pharmacy Accreditation (CCPA); or (C) another board-approved practical experience program.(2) In the event the intern/extern has graduated from a nonaccredited program as outlined in subdivision (1) or has no practical experience as a part of that individual's educational curriculum, the intern/extern must complete a minimum of one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours of practical experience under the supervision of a pharmacist and provide the board, prior to or concurrent with application for licensure, a written description of the objectives and duties of that experience. (b) If a candidate for licensure as a pharmacist in Indiana has been licensed as a pharmacist in another state or jurisdiction and has been engaged in the practice of pharmacy as defined in IC 25-26-13-2 for a period of not less than one (1) year, the practical experience requirement is waived.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Board of Pharmacy (3172342067)

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