Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1051 Pharmacists
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.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Review prescriptions to assure accuracy, to ascertain the needed ingredients, and to evaluate their suitability. Provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage. 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. Plan, implement, or maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, or labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal. 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. Order and purchase pharmaceutical supplies, medical supplies, or drugs, maintaining stock and storing and handling it properly. Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions. Advise customers on the selection of medication brands, medical equipment, or healthcare supplies. Compound and dispense medications as prescribed by doctors and dentists, by calculating, weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients, or oversee these activities.
License: This applicant should submit to the Secretary of the Board of Pharmacy a written application for licensure (furnished by the Board), with fees, not less than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled examination. Application for Examination Fee: $300.00 Naplex Examination Fee: $505.00 Biennial Renewal Fee: $200.00 Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) Fee: $250.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $46.80   Entry $97,343.00
Mean $59.94   Mean $124,662.00
Experience $66.51 Experience $138,332.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
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