Senior Care Pharmacists


Overview

Senior Care Pharmacists

Introduction

Pharmacists are health care professionals responsible for the dispensation of prescription and nonprescription medications. They may advise physicians, nurses, or other health care professionals on the use of medications, and they also give patients instructions for taking and storing medicines. Senior care pharmacists, who are also known as geriatric care pharmacists, have expert knowledge regarding the medical conditions of the elderly and the treatments for these conditions. Many factors must be considered when ...

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Median Salary

$128,090

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Doctorate


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Experience

Internship or part-time job


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Helpful

Earnings

Salaries for senior care pharmacists are generally on par with what other pharmacists earn. Some pharmacies view senior care pharmacists as acting as sales representative in addition to their regular duties. In these cases, senior care pharmacists are usually at the higher end of the pay scale. Other factors that influence salaries include location and type of employer and the pharmacist's expe...

Work Environment

Pharmacies must be clean, orderly, well lighted, and well ventilated. They are frequently busy places and this is especially true for those serving a large number of geriatric patients, since older people often take more than one medication at a time. In addition to working in a pharmacy, senior care pharmacists also visit their patients and consult with other members of the patient's health ca...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that overall job opportunities for pharmacists will decline 3 percent through 2029. This largely is attributed to an uptick in mail order and online prescriptions and subsequent employment declines at retail pharmacies and drug stores.

However, opportunities will be better at clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare settings (including nursing ...

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