Trevor Cummings Tell us about your work---what do you do?
I am a registered pharmacist . I counsel patients and process and dispense medications . I also manage the pharmacy inventory and deal with third party issues (insurance). What skills are needed?
Patience is a must, in order to assist sick people, and to cope with their insurance companies . Good organizational skills, efficiency, knowledge of medicines, and social skills are also necessary. What was your major?
Doctorate of Pharmacy How did you get started in your career?
My friend's dad is a pharmacist and he was the first person to tell me about the field. I was interested in the health field and pharmacy seemed like a good option to work with and help people without having to go to school for 10+ years. What experience do you need in this job?
You need a lot of experience with dealing with the general public. Pharmacy experience is helpful in preparing you but if you have good people skills the rest you'll learn with time and practice. Describe your "typical" workday:
I answer a lot of phone calls either from patients or doctor's offices regarding general questions on prescriptions. Helping people find over-the-counter medicines , counseling patients on the safe and proper use of prescriptions , taking in new prescriptions, and dealing with insurance companies fills the day. What is the hardest aspect of your job?
Processing information with insurance companies and coping with people who do not offer respect for me and my knowledge. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Getting thanked by patients and doctor's offices for helping them What are your suggestions for someone considering this field?
Make sure you really enjoy working with the general public. It is very rewarding but can also be very frustrating. Be ready to work long hours with no set schedule, and be ready to work two weekends a month.