LLX Observes National Pharmacist Day 1/12/16

National Pharmacist Day

In honor of National Pharmacist Day on January 12th, 2016, we'd like to share information about a profession comprised of individuals who work hard to help us feel better. Modern day pharmacists must undergo extensive schooling and training to become licensed. In the United States, pharmacists must obtain the Doctor of Pharmacy, also known as a Pharm.D. degree, before they can sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) to enter into pharmacy practice. In addition to school, pharmacists must spend time performing a residency and fellowship. The process of becoming a pharmacist can take between 8 and 13 years.

In the end, all of the hard work to become a pharmacist certainly pays off. U.S News & World Report ranks pharmacist as #8 on the Best Paying Jobs list, #12 on the Best Health Care Jobs list and #27 on the 100 Best Jobs list. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the profession to grow 14.5% by the year 2022. Factors that contribute to the growth of the profession include an increased demand for patient services, an increase in the number of prescriptions filled each year as well as an increase in the number of medications available on the market. The Pharmacist profession has and continues to be steadily ranked among the best jobs in the United States.

A few famous people with surprising pharmacist backgrounds include Pat Ogrin, who previously played defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins; Hubert Humphrey, the 38th Vice President of the United States; Benjamin Franklin, credited with significant discoveries about electricity; as well as Isaac Newton, a renowned physicist widely known for his contributions to the laws of gravity in addition to many other mathematical and philosophical influences.

The Pharmacist profession involves staying diligent on new and emerging rules and regulations in the field. Over the years, numerous states have affected the requirement for a non-resident pharmacy’s Pharmacist in Charge to be licensed in the state; such states include:  Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas (as of September 1, 2016), Virginia, and West Virginia. 

In addition to keeping up with industry changes and new developments in a continuously evolving field pharmacists are tasked with ensuring safe and effective use of medications for numerous people every day in order to greater improve their health and wellbeing. Thank a pharmacist on National Pharmacist Day (January 12th, 2016!)

Historical Facts About Pharmacists

  • The earliest record of pharmaceutical documentation was found in Egypt and contained over 800 prescriptions mentioning 700 medications. These records are over 3,500 years old and are known as “Papyrus Ebers.” The “Papyrus Ebers” are currently kept at the library of the University of Leipzig in Germany.
  • Early pharmacists were known was “apothecarists” and often grew and picked their own plants and herbs to make medicines.
  • Some of the first drug stores in North American appeared in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.


Article by Kelly DiBattista - Research Analyst at LicenseLogix