Job Family: Medical and Clinical Technologists and Technicians Pharmacists
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Coast Guard

Photo 1: Pharmacist checks label on medicine bottle. Photo 2:
Pharmacist prepares patient prescription.

Short Description
Drugs and medicines are sometimes prescribed by doctors when treating patients in military hospitals and clinics. Pharmacists manage the purchasing, storing, and dispensing of drugs and medicines.

What They Do
Pharmacists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Manage pharmacy technicians who prepare, label, and dispense orders for drugs and medicines
  • Advise doctors and patients on the proper use and side effects of drugs and medicines
  • Train medical, nursing, and pharmacy staffs on the use of drugs
  • Consult on drug and medicine research programs
  • Check drug and medicine supplies and reorder when necessary
  • Direct pharmacy record keeping

Helpful Attributes
Helpful attributes include:
  • Interest in chemical formulas
  • Interest in understanding the effects of drugs and medicines
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Training Provided
No initial job training is provided to officers in this occupation.

Work Environment
Pharmacists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian pharmacists work for pharmacies, drug stores, and drug departments of stores and supermarkets. They also work for hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. They perform duties similar to those performed by military pharmacists. Civilian pharmacists who specialize in radioactive drugs (radioisotopes) are known as radiopharmacists.

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