CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Pharmacist I/II

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
Analyze prescribing trends to monitor patient compliance and to prevent excessive usage or harmful interactions.
Order and purchase pharmaceutical supplies, medical supplies, and drugs, maintaining stock and storing and handling it properly.
Maintain records, such as pharmacy files, patient profiles, charge system files, inventories, control records for radioactive nuclei, and registries of poisons, narcotics, and controlled drugs.
Provide specialized services to help patients manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure.
Advise customers on the selection of medication brands, medical equipment and health-care supplies.
Collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review, and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of drugs and drug regimens, providing advice on drug applications and characteristics.
Compound and dispense medications as prescribed by doctors and dentists, by calculating, weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients, or oversee these activities.
Offer health promotion and prevention activities, for example, training people to use devices such as blood pressure or diabetes monitors.
Refer patients to other health professionals and agencies when appropriate.
Prepare sterile solutions and infusions for use in surgical procedures, emergency rooms, or patients' homes.
Plan, implement, and maintain procedures for mixing, packaging, and labeling pharmaceuticals, according to policy and legal requirements, to ensure quality, security, and proper disposal.
Assay radiopharmaceuticals, verify rates of disintegration, and calculate the volume required to produce the desired results, to ensure proper dosages.
Manage pharmacy operations, hiring and supervising staff, performing administrative duties, and buying and selling non-pharmaceutical merchandise.
Work in hospitals, clinics, or for Health Management Organizations (HMOs), dispensing prescriptions, serving as a medical team consultants, or specializing in specific drug therapy areas such as oncology or nuclear pharmacotherapy.
Assess the identity, strength and purity of medications.
Teach pharmacy students serving as interns in preparation for their graduation or licensure.
Publish educational information for other pharmacists, doctors, or patients.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Cardinal Health Pyxis CII Safe Inventory management software
Computer records systems Data base user interface and query software
Healthprolink MedAtlas Data base user interface and query software
Insurance claim processing software Accounting software
Label-making software Label making software
MedTeach software Computer based training software
Multitask software Calendar and scheduling software
Pharmaceutical Care Network software Data base user interface and query software
Recordkeeping software Data base user interface and query software
RxKinetics UD Labels for Windows Label making software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
TPNassist software Analytical or scientific software
TTP LabTech comPOUND Analytical or scientific software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
Ampoule filling machines Ampoule filling equipment
Area survey meters Radiation detectors
Automated drug dispensing equipment Sterile or aseptic processing or filling machines
Barcode scanning/prescription tracking systems Bar code reader equipment
Binocular light compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Capsule counters Tablet counters
Electronic blood pressure monitors Electronic blood pressure units
Electronic toploading balances Electronic toploading balances
Filters for glass containers/ampoules Pharmaceutical filters or ultra filters
Geiger-Muller counters Geiger counters
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
Hemacytometers Hemacytometer sets
Horizontal air flow laminar hoods Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Hospital beds Patient care beds or accessories for general use
Intravenous IV therapy equipment Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
Label-making machines Label making machines
Laminar flow hoods Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Lead shielded drawing stations Medical radiological shielding wall or ceiling or floor installed panels
Lead transport shields Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens
Manual blood pressure equipment Mercury blood pressure units
Medication pulling/dispensing systems Medication or pill dispensers or accessories
Metric graduates Laboratory graduated cylinders
Metric weights Calibration weights or weight sets
Mortars Pestle or mortars
Multiple channel well scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Needles Hypodermic needles
Ostomy products Ostomy starter kits
Oxygen therapy equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
Personal computers Personal computers
Pestles Pestle or mortars
Radiation shields for syringes and vials Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens
Radiochemical fume hood and filter systems Fume hoods or cupboards
Radionucleide dose calibrators Medical radiation dosimeters
Sealing machines Filling or sealing auger dose machines
Single channel well scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Syringes Medical syringes without needles
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Torsion balances Laboratory balances
Vertical air flow laminar hoods Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
Required Level of Education First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
Alternate Job Title(s)
Clinical Pharmacist
Doctor of Pharmacy
Hospital Pharmacist
Industrial Pharmacist
Outpatient Pharmacy Manager
Pharmacist Apprentice
Pharmacist in Charge (PIC)
Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmacy Informaticist
Pharmacy Intern
Pharmacy Manager
Pharmacy Services Director
Registered Pharmacist
Staff Pharmacist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Pharmacy
Benchmark Title: Pharmacist I/II
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