The neighborhood pharmacist has long been a trusted face in the healthcare industry.

Prescription medications can be scary and often come with many side effects. Patients depend on a well-trained pharmacist to not only fill their prescriptions correctly, but also to counsel them on the usage and contraindications of prescription medications.

In addition to filling medications and consulting with patients on their usage, pharmacists also are able to dispense advice on healthcare topics such as managing stress, blood pressure monitoring, proper diet, vitamin supplementation and healthcare equipment that can be used to manage certain medical conditions.

Pharmacists are required to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in order to work in the industry, which takes an average of four years to complete.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for pharmacists is $116,670 and job growth is expected to increase by 14 percent over the next decade.

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