Pharmacists
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Overview
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for pharmacists are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 15,300 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Pharmacists are less likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Pharmacists, with 312,500 workers, form a larger workforce than 86% of careers.
Education
About 67% of pharmacists have a graduate-level education, and 97% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by pharmacists
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More pharmacists have graduate degrees than 96% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for pharmacists is higher than 97% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most pharmacists.
This job's median $126KAll jobs' median $39K$129K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 54% of pharmacists -- that's a larger percentage than 69% of other jobs.
Gender of pharmacists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For pharmacists, the median men's salary was 6% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 28% of pharmacists are minority, and 20% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of pharmacists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (20%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Pharmacists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 58% of pharmacists, and 76% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for pharmacists
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 98% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of pharmacists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Consequence of Error (91%)
  • Time Pressure (83%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (80%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (76%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (60%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (59%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do pharmacists earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for pharmacists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for pharmacists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for pharmacists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all pharmacists, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for pharmacists compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for pharmacists (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where pharmacists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Pharmacists (ACS)
Private for-profit (69.8%)
Private not-for-profit (18.3%)
Local government (1.5%)
State government (2.2%)
Federal government (4.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (3.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.7%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of pharmacists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$120K$122K$121K$114K$111K$94K$97K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of pharmacists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$126K$119K$130K$126K$123K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for pharmacists

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Pharmacists and gender

With 54% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 69% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
54%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Pharmacists
Men (46%)
Women (54%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for pharmacists, with the median salary for men 6% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Pharmacists have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 83% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of pharmacists

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority pharmacists than for 83% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of pharmacists
White (71% )
Asian (19% )
Black (7% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for pharmacists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$78K$114K$114K$119K$121K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KOtherBlackMultiracialAsianWhite
Distribution: Salaries for pharmacists by nativity
$117K$121K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by pharmacists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), pharmacists typically hold a doctoral or professional degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as pharmacists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for pharmacists.

Education attained by pharmacists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for pharmacists

Prospective pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a postgraduate professional degree. In August 2017, there were 128 Doctor of Pharmacy programs fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Admissions requirements vary by program, however, all Pharm.D. programs require applicants to take postsecondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and physics. Most programs require at least 2 years of undergraduate study, although some require a bachelor’s degree. Most programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish, although some programs offer a 3-year option. Some schools admit high school graduates into a 6-year program. A Pharm.D. program includes courses in chemistry, pharmacology, and medical ethics. Students also complete supervised work experiences, sometimes referred to as internships, in different settings such as hospitals and retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacists who own their own pharmacy may choose to get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in addition to their Pharm.D. degree. Others may get a degree in public health.

Pharmacists also must take continuing education courses throughout their career to keep up with the latest advances in pharmacological science.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for pharmacists

All states license pharmacists. After they finish the Pharm.D. program, prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a number of hours as an intern, which varies by state.

Pharmacists who administer vaccinations and immunizations need to be certified in most states. States typically use the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program as a qualification for certification.

Pharmacists also may choose to earn a certification to show their advanced level of knowledge in a certain area. For instance, a pharmacist may become a Certified Diabetes Educator, a qualification offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or earn certification in a specialty area, such as nutrition or oncology, from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Certifications from both organizations require pharmacists to have varying degrees of work experience, to pass an exam, and pay a fee.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for pharmacists? Below we see the distribution of pharmacists salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as pharmacists, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$30K$34K$120K$113K$123K$121K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSome College (2%)Associate's Degree (1%)Bachelor's Degree (31%)Master's Degree (6%)Professional Deg/Doct (30%)Doctorate (31%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by pharmacists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as pharmacists. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Pharmacists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as pharmacists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by pharmacists given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
PharmacistsPhysicians and surgeonsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersManagers (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersPostsecondary teachersHealth Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsChief executives and legislatorsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Elementary and middle school teachersDentistsRegistered nursesClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansChemists and materials scientistsNurse PractitionersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesNurse anesthetistsSocial workersScience techniciansCounselorsPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersEducation administratorsAccountants and auditorsWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecondary school teachersPhysician assistantsVeterinariansChiropractorsPhysical therapistsOccupational therapistsHealthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Therapists (specialized areas)Pharmacy, PharmaceuticalSciences, andAdministrationBiologyChemistryNursingBiochemical SciencesPsychologyMultidisciplinary or GeneralScienceHealth and MedicalPreparatory ProgramsPharmacologyTreatment TherapyProfessionsAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for pharmacists

What jobs will most pharmacists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of pharmacists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list? For pharmacists, there isn't a lot of action in this chart! This isn't a career that invites much moving around.

PharmacistsHealth Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersPharmacy aides
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for pharmacists

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 2 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as pharmacists as well as 1% of respondents after working as pharmacists. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for pharmacists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
71,400
$0$200K$32K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for pharmacists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as pharmacists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of pharmacists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for pharmacists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
1.2%
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
71,400
$0$200K$32K
3.6%
Pharmacists
15,300
$0$200K$120K
76.9%
No occupation
4.8%
Read about pharmacists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Pharmacists typically do the following:

  • Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medication to give to patients
  • Check whether prescriptions will interact negatively with other drugs that a patient is taking or any medical conditions the patient has
  • Instruct patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine and inform them about potential side effects from taking the medicine
  • Give flu shots and, in most states, other vaccinations
  • Advise patients about general health topics, such as diet, exercise, and managing stress, and on other issues, such as what equipment or supplies would be best to treat a health problem
  • Complete insurance forms and work with insurance companies to ensure that patients get the medicines they need
  • Oversee the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)
  • Keep records and do other administrative tasks
  • Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients

Some pharmacists who own their pharmacy or manage a chain pharmacy spend time on business activities, such as inventory management. With most drugs, pharmacists use standard dosages from pharmaceutical companies. However, some pharmacists create customized medications by mixing ingredients themselves, a process known as compounding.

The following are examples of types of pharmacists:

Community pharmacists work in retail stores such as chain drug stores or independently owned pharmacies. They dispense medications to patients and answer any questions that patients may have about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or any health concerns that the patient may have. They also may provide some primary care services such as giving flu shots.

Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They spend little time dispensing prescriptions. Instead, they are involved in direct patient care. Clinical pharmacists may go on rounds in a hospital with a physician or healthcare team. They recommend medications to give to patients and oversee the dosage and timing of the delivery of those medications. They also may conduct some medical tests and offer advice to patients. For example, pharmacists working in a diabetes clinic may counsel patients on how and when to take medications, suggest healthy food choices, and monitor patients’ blood sugar.

Consultant pharmacists advise healthcare facilities or insurance providers on patient medication use or improving pharmacy services. They also may give advice directly to patients, such as helping seniors manage their prescriptions.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists work in areas such as marketing, sales, or research and development. They may design or conduct clinical drug trials and help to develop new drugs. They may also help to establish safety regulations and ensure quality control for drugs.

Some pharmacists work as college professors. They may teach pharmacy students or conduct research. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of pharmacists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication.
Communication skills
Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns.
Computer skills
Pharmacists need computer skills in order to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted.
Detail oriented
Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill. They must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks.
Managerial skills
Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and oversee a staff.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for pharmacists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for pharmacists was higher than 97% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for pharmacists are anticipated to grow by 6% over the next decade; 57% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for pharmacists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most pharmacists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as pharmacists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Pharmacists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where pharmacists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for pharmacists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for pharmacists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Pharmacists to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which pharmacists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Pharmacists (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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