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Running head: My Road to Becoming a Pharmacist 1 My Road to Becoming a Pharmacist Johny Duong Houston Community College
My Road to Becoming a Pharmacist 2 My name is Johny Duong, and I first want to introduce myself before I go into detail about my career interests. I am a freshman college student, and I am currently studying in Houston Community College's education system. I will be the first one in my family to ever go to college, and I want to work hard to fulfill their hopes. I want to become a pharmacist in the future and study biology as my major. Pharmacy interests me because at an early age I always acknowledged for my skill in being kind and helpful. I want to provide others with medication and care; I want to improve people's lives or change some lifestyles for the better. Being a pharmacist requires you to have completed a doctoral or professional degree. The average years that a person that wants to become a pharmacist takes around 6-8 years. But it is well worth it because pharmacists earn about $122,230 per year. Pharmacist typically will earn around $58.77 per hour when they are working full-time. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) The job of a pharmacist is to measure and distribute prescription medication to a patient. They are experts at giving directions on the safe usage and consumption of the medication. Pharmacists also give directions to others on a healthy lifestyle and give flu shots to does in need. The work setting of a pharmacist can include working in retail stores or a typical grocery store. Others can work in hospitals where they are helping other people directly. Many pharmacists work full time, and some job positions require them to work during the weekends or even overnight. Also, employment for pharmacists is predicted to grow 3% over the next ten years, which isn't that much but I am very determined to complete and get a job in the medical field. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Additionally, pharmacists also need to have skills to perform their daily tasks. Pharmacists need to have skill in analyzing what they are giving to the patients. They must evaluate the effects of each medication and see if there are harmful effects such as overdosing.
My Road to Becoming a Pharmacist 3 The medication also needs to be specific in how it should be used or else it would cause harmful effects to the patient. Pharmacists also need to have significant communication skills as they would often advise patients about a certain medication. They also need to be adept in technology

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