We surveyed 2,636 pharmacists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical pharmacist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a pharmacist?

Low

High

Working as a pharmacist typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that pharmacists are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a pharmacist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a pharmacist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a pharmacist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a pharmacist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for pharmacists.

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Do pharmacists work full-time or part-time?

82% of pharmacists work in full-time roles while 18% work part-time.

Is being a pharmacist stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for pharmacists, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a pharmacist?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for pharmacists, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for pharmacists?

Low

High

Pharmacists see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a pharmacist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Pharmacists will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are pharmacists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Pharmacists rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do pharmacists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Pharmacists tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a pharmacist physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a pharmacist may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are pharmacists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Pharmacists tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a pharmacist require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for pharmacists, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good pharmacist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a pharmacist.