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Pharmacists

Health Science

Work Environment

Pharmacists usually work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships. They may also work in field hospitals.

  • Military Status

    Officer, Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $68,274

Overview

Pharmacists dispense medication, consult with patients on proper usage and side effects, and carry out medication regimens with the utmost accuracy and integrity. They also advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications. They need to be knowledgeable about the drugs they dispense and pay great attention to detail to fulfill the important role they play in patient care.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Job training for pharmacists primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in chemical formulas
  • Interest in understanding the effects of drugs and medicines
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

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