Clinical Pharmacist Salary
Job Description for Clinical Pharmacist
A clinical pharmacist typically is in charge of providing services to the division director, such as assisting with continuing education programs for pharmacy students, health care services, or medical staff. A clinical pharmacist also advises physicians on drug usage and dose control in hospitals/clinics as well. Specifically, a clinical pharmacist must advise physicians on any and all dangers of various drugs, list their side effects, and help them determine the correct dosages for the patient. Additionally, a clinical pharmacist normally coordinates the pharmacy technician’s duties, such as labeling/delivering various medications or supplies, making sure drugs are recorded and delivered, and preparing of drugs. Sometimes, a clinical pharmacist must serve in a mentorship role through means such as training pharmacy residents in practical/theoretical knowledge and facilitating direct, supervised experience. In some instances, a clinical pharmacist must attend various seminars, conventions, and conferences.Read More...
A Pharm.D. is necessary to be a clinical pharmacist. Several years of experience are also generally required. He or she should also have strong communication skills (verbal and written), as well as an extensive knowledge of drugs, medical procedures, and therapies. Clinical pharmacists should also have skills working in technical automated equipment and information systems. Additionally, a clinical pharmacist must know all the state and federal laws/regulations related to the practice of pharmacy. He or she must also be able to maintain the confidentiality of patient, hospital, and department information.
Clinical Pharmacist Tasks
- Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
- Dispense and review prescriptions to ensure accuracy, and compliance with professional, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- May collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review and evaluate patient effectiveness.
- Educate patient on medication use, storage and side effects.
- Solicit information from patients regarding past and current medication to prevent drug interactions.
Common Career Paths for Clinical Pharmacist
It is somewhat unusual to come across Clinical Pharmacists who move on to become Pharmacy Directors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $128K. More often than not, a Hospital Pharmacy Director role is the next step for Clinical Pharmacists moving up in the field. Hospital Pharmacy Directors usually make $127K per year. Many other Clinical Pharmacists choose to take on a Hospital Pharmacist role, where salaries are typically $104K.
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Clinical Pharmacists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Infectious Disease, Managed Care, Oncology, and Anticoagulation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency Medicine. Most people who know Critical Care also know Pediatrics and Oncology.
Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Pharmacist
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For Clinical Pharmacists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $111K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $118K. Clinical Pharmacists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $123K. Clinical Pharmacists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $124K.
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