The days of the old apothecary shop are long over. Nowadays, pharmacies can be found virtually everywhere. There are huge chains, such as Walgreen’s and CVS. You can pick up your prescription at the supermarket along with the pork chops. And, of course, hospitals have their pharmacies, as do some clinics. And every one of these facilities has something in common – they are staffed by pharmacists. In the age of COVID-19, you can even find a pharmacist shooting up people’s arms in parking lots. Keep reading…
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A qualified pharmacist can make a good living, according to several sites that track such things. Glassdoor puts a pharmacist’s salary at $110k to $140k, Salary.com figures it at $120k to $150k. Payscale judges it to be a bit lower, varying from $97k to $130k, but that’s still nothing to sneeze at! So, where can you find a pharmacist position in Indianapolis? All over the place.
Walgreens, one of the biggest chains in the country, with close to 10,000 employees, offers a position in Indianapolis at $52 to $62 per hour. Qualifications for this position include an appropriate degree in pharmacy, 5 to 7 years’ experience in the field, with some management experience, a plus, basic life support certification, and an Indiana license to practice. A pharmacist’s responsibilities include providing consulting services to the customer, warning about possible drug interactions, and providing immunizations.
They also formulate and dispense prescriptions which physicians provide and are often responsible for supervising pharmacy technicians. When you step up to the counter to collect your prescription, you may not be aware of just who is, and is not, a pharmacist, as pharmacy techs may be the ones in general contact with the customer. These technicians handle customer service, process insurance claims, dispense prescriptions, but can only work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
The tech may hand you your pills, but it’s the pharmacist who consults with you on their efficacy, use, and possible interaction with your other prescriptions. Walgreens also offers positions at this level, varying from around $14 to $18 per hour, depending on experience, training, and certification. Requirements vary from state to state, but a technician may need nothing more than a high school diploma and some experience. There are programs at the vocational school or community college level, and you can be certified, which will generally raise your hourly rate.
If you prefer to ply your trade in a hospital setting, Indiana University Hospital is looking for a pharmacist, full time, to fill in for staff absences to ensure continuity of services. A Hospital pharmacist is responsible for processing and distributing medications per order, ensuring the safety of the medication use process, and providing medication therapy monitoring. Maintaining the security of medications in his charge and protecting the confidentiality of patient records. For this, they can expect to earn from $44 to $57 per hour. The position requires a degree in pharmacy and a current Indiana state pharmacy or the ability and qualification to obtain one.