Pharmacists – What Skills Do You Need To Excel?

Certain skillsets are more suited to a career in pharmacy than others. Based on the career track – community, research, or industry/sales, different skills are emphasized for each. According to www.onetonline.org, a web based tool that outlines details about thousands of occupations, the skills below are ones that are needed for these fields. There are definitions of each term on O*Net, so I encourage you to visit the site and learn more about your field.

Community Pharmacists-works in a retail operation dispensing medication to clients:

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Instructing
  • Monitoring
  • Service Orientation
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Research:

  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Mathematics

Industry/Sales:

  • Speaking
  • Persuasion
  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Negotiation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Service Orientation
  • Active Learning
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Coordination

At UConn, students can participate in a number of activities that will support developing these necessary qualities. From joining one of the seven clubs directly related to the pharmacy field to ones that emphasize non-technical skills, like problem solving, listening and helping there is bound to be one for you. You can also seek specific classes that offer opportunities to develop skills, such as COMM 1100-Public Speaking or one with a service learning (SL) component. How about participating in an Alternative Spring Break trip through Community Outreach? Or getting a campus job like a Tour Guide or Phonathon caller? All of these opportunities through UConn will aid you in honing your skills for life after college.

If you would like to discuss Pharmacy as a major and/or career, stop by the Center for Career Development during our walk-in hours of Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. to start the conversation. Our staff can provide some resources to aid you in your decision making process.

By Beth Settje