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Pharmacists dispense drugs, provide information to patients about medicine and their use, and advise physicians on medication. They also mix compounds, answer consumer questions, and make recommendations about over the counter drugs. They are responsible for knowing how drugs interact and must be able to measure and mix prescriptions properly. A Pharmacist can work in a retail drug store, a hospital, a clinic, or be self employed. A self employed Pharmacist would own and work in their own drug store. To become a Pharmacist you must graduate from an accredited school of pharmacy, complete an internship, and pass a licensure exam. The degree you will receive is the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.). At the University of Florida you would be required to take Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. As a practicing Pharmacist you will need to keep up to date on the newest drugs so continued education is required to become recertified. In 2000, a typical pharmacist earned between $51,000 and $91,000 a year.

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