The following article discusses the career path of Director of Pharmacy. Learn about how to become one, education requirements, job duties, traits and qualities, national salary outlook as well as top national employers of Director of Pharmacies.
Directors of pharmacy are responsible for making sure that all operations within the pharmacy operate properly. They ensure that employees are positioned to perform properly and make sure they receive training and feedback for this. Additionally, they have to meet all the relevant company guidelines, while at the same time being compliant with local, state, and federal rules and regulations.
Furthermore, they have to be able to work with different pharmaceutical equipment and set these up for patients. They are strong communicators who work well under pressure, being focused on meeting deadlines. They also have to ensure the pharmacy itself runs smoothly and efficiently.
Other job duties of a director of pharmacy are:
- To direct and guide all pharmaceutical staff so they efficiently and effectively use the available products and equipment
- To ensure that all services offered comply with local, state, and federal rules and regulations, as well as with professional standards
- To hold responsibility for order processing, inventory, dispensation, and distribution of pharmaceutical products
- To manage budget development, business planning, and staff operations
Where We Work
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 312,500 pharmacists in 2016. The largest employers of these professionals were:
- Pharmacies and drug stores: 43%
- Hospitals; state, local, and private: 25%
- General merchandise stores: 8%
- Grocery stores: 7%
How to Become
A pharmacy director must be licensed by their state’s pharmacy board. This means having a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited program. They must also have managerial skills and understand how to operate office equipment. Furthermore, they must be physically capable of pushing, pulling, and lifting heavy equipment and to be on their feet for long periods of time.
A pharmacy director must hold the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. There were 128 programs in the country that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2017. These programs have varying admission requirements, with most demanding at least two years of study at undergraduate level. Furthermore, prospective pharmacists must pass the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).
During the program, pharmacists learn about pharmacology, chemistry, and medical ethics. They must also complete a supervised work experience as part of the degree. Usually, this is in retail or hospital pharmacies.
A director of pharmacy commonly also holds a master in business administration (MBA), particularly if they wish to run their own pharmacy. Those that work for governmental institutions commonly hold a graduate degree in public health as well.
A director of pharmacy must also ensure their knowledge remains relevant and up to date. Hence, they must take part in continuous education. This is a requirement throughout their career. Some use that as an opportunity to specialize in certain areas of pharmacy, such as geriatric care or internal medicine.
A pharmacy director also has to be licensed by their state. They do this by passing an exam on pharmacy knowledge and skills through the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX), and by passing a test on pharmacy law, usually the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE). Should they wish to administer immunizations or vaccinations, they must also be licensed to do so by obtaining the Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certification offered by the American Pharmacists Association.
Advanced certifications, such as the certified Diabetes Educator, offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educator, or certifications in areas such as oncology or nutrition, are also available. These are provided by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Traits & Qualities
The most effective directors of pharmacy have the following traits to some degree or other:
- Strong analytical skills
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Excellent computer skills
- Detail oriented
- Strong managerial skills
The national average salary estimate for Director of Pharmacy was $136,890. This number is estimated from over 338,124 employees, users past and present job advertisements from Indeed.com. This equates to an hourly salary of $71.30 and monthly of $11,408.
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Salary by State
The following section lists Director of Pharmacy salaries in each state around the country. The figures are based on the total number of job postings through Indeed.com. For example, California had the largest quoted salary of $168,383 while Colorado had the smallest quoted salary of $111,687.
Top 20 National Employers
According to Indeed.com, the following states had employers looking to hire a Director of Pharmacy. The quoted salary figure represents the average salary from all job postings by this employer.
|Employer Name||Location||Average Salary|
|All’s Well Health Care Director of Pharmacy||California||$225,000|
|E-Health Jobs Director of Pharmacy||California||$220,000|
|CLINIPOST Director of Pharmacy||California||$210,426|
|Sharkey’s Recruiting Firm Director of Pharmacy||California||$179,723|
|Clinical Management Consultants Director of Pharmacy||California||$176,777|
|The HealthCare Initiative Director of Pharmacy||Georgia||$165,481|
|Dove Management Resources (DMR) Director of Pharmacy||Maryland||$165,000|
|Healthcare Employment Partners Director of Pharmacy||Texas||$162,021|
|University of Miami Miller School of Med Director of Pharmacy||Florida||$161,839|
|Healthcare Recruitment Consultant Director of Pharmacy||California||$160,000|
|RPh Professional Search Director of Pharmacy||Virginia||$159,922|
|Affiance Group LLC Director of Pharmacy||Massachusetts||$157,260|
|Career Name||Average Salary|
|Chief Medical Officer||$185,835|
|Chief Technology Officer||$147,424|
|Director of Engineering||$138,182|
|Chief Marketing Officer||$136,769|
|Chief Financial Officer||$130,123|