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Pharmacy Overview

Overview

For more information on careers in this field, see the list on the right. For salary ranges, schooling requirements and more, check out the Career Explorer.

Pharmacy is a doctoral health profession in which licensed professionals provide information about medications to patients and health care professionals. As "medication experts," pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public's health in matters relating to medication distribution and use and disease state management.

Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide. To see pharmacists in action and learn about the history of this profession, check out "Pharmacists: The Unsung Heroes," which was produced by New York Public TV.

For more information on pursuing a degree in pharmacy, see the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy website. For profiles of minorities in the pharmacy field, see AETNA's 2005 African Americans in History calendar