Pharmacist The field of pharmacy is experiencing unprecedented growth and the role of the pharmacist touches every aspect of health care. Because pharmacists are the experts in matters involving medications, they must demonstrate a solid foundation in math and science, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills to make the right decisions about medications. Typical tasks include interpreting prescription orders, communicating information such as uses, side effects and drug interactions, and assisting patients in the selection of nonprescription medicines and health products. A pharmacist must enjoy working with people and helping those in need. The pharmacist works as part of a health care team to improve patient health. The familiar community pharmacist remains the most accessible health professional to the general public. However, a career in pharmacy can also lead to many other opportunities.
Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy technicians assist and support pharmacists in providing medications and other health care products to patients. They have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and are skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications. When working in a pharmacy, pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.