Pharmacist Trainee (#RH4354)
$46.69-$56.75 Hourly / $8,092.94-$9,837.02 Monthly / $97,115.33-$118,044.29 Yearly


Under the direct supervision of a Registered Pharmacist, provides basic pharmaceutical services; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the trainee level class in the Pharmacist series. An employee in this class is responsible for preparing and dispensing pharmaceuticals as prescribed by medical practitioners under the direct supervision of a Registered Pharmacist.


  • Interprets and fills medication orders for inpatients and outpatients written by authorized medical practitioners; reviews orders to determine appropriate quantity, strength and frequency of medication and assures clinical, chemical and therapeutic compatibility; may compound pharmaceuticals.
  • Prepares sterile parental admixtures, hyperalimentation solutions and miscellaneous sterile solutions; performs related quality control procedures.
  • Counsels outpatients regarding use of drugs, their effect and precautions to observe in their use.
  • Consults with medical staff, nursing staff and ancillary professional staff regarding patient drug therapy regimens.
  • Checks unit dose distribution and pre-packaging activities of Pharmacy Technicians.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from and accredited college or university.

Certification: Possession of a certificate of registration as an Intern Pharmacist issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy. 


Pharmacology; pharmacokinetics; drug interactions; patient monitoring techniques; drug information retrieval; drug distribution systems; methods of sterile compounding; quality control techniques; legal limitations on procurement, storage, distribution and sale of drugs; federal and state laws applicable to the practice of pharmacy.


Establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, nurses, and others; understand and be sensitive to patient needs, communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective guest relations.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboard and constant standing for long periods; Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 pounds or less; Visual Requirements-Constant reading/close-up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding; reaching; grasping, and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech and talking in person, frequent hearing and talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant decision making and concentration; frequent public contact; frequent exposure to hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH4354; EST: 6/1/1958; REV: 3/10/1999;