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Pharmacist

A rewarding career with variety and the potential to work all over the world.

What's it like to be a Pharmacist?

Pharmacists work mostly in chemists where they dispense prescribed medications to patients and monitor their drug treatments. They also commonly work in hospitals where they provide pharmacological information to other health care professionals.

Tasks and duties

  • Reviewing drugs prescribed by doctors and preparing medications accordingly.
  • Monitoring drug therapies and advising on on-going treatments.
  • Developing the pharmacological knowledge of other health care professions, like doctors, nurses and medical students, by providing training and clinical information.

What can I earn as a Pharmacist?

The most common salary  for a Pharmacist is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Pharmacist

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To become a Pharmacist you need to complete a qualification such as a Bachelor of Pharmacy. This is usually a full time four-year course. To gain entry into the course you usually have to complete Year 12 with an appropriate ATAR.
  1. Complete a Bachelor of Pharmacy. Students are required to complete supervised pre-registration training as part of their study before they can register to practice as a Pharmacist. You’ll also be required to meet mandatory health and legal checks before undertaking a clinical placement.
  2. Apply for ‘provisional’ registration. This ensures all recent graduates are registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, which is required for all those wishing to work as a Pharmacist.
  3. Obtain an internship under the guidance of a registered Pharmacist.

Explore pharmacy qualifications

A Bachelor of Pharmacy is recognised worldwide, although some countries require the fulfilment of additional educational or practical training programs.

Duration 4 yrs - 9 yrs
16 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Self motivation
  • Team work
  • Thoroughness
  • Interpersonal skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Learning aptitude
  • Adaptability
  • Team work
  • People management
  • Time management
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How do Pharmacists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 46 Pharmacists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of pharmaceutical sciences
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Save people
The challenges
Professional. Accuracy. System
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of pharmacy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Pharmacy shop and representator
The good things
Pharmacist duty is treatment , that’s work for service humanity
The challenges
If goverment not let pharmacist work as like real pharmacist
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Pharmacy Practice
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Infectious Diseases
The good things
As a clinical pharmacist in a large hospital environment I am fortunate to work within a multidisciplinary team - I accompany doctors on their ward rounds, discuss medication administration with nurse...
The challenges
In my organisation we have a high demand for beds and we often need to work under pressure. At times it can be emotionally taxing if our patients are particularly sick, such as my recent experience w...
2 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Post grad
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Professional qualifications.
The challenges
Underpaid, overworked, undervalued as a member of Allied Health.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of pharmacy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
You get a chance to be really closely involved in decisions that will affect someone else's health and if you care enough to put the effort in you can have a significant impact.
The challenges
Can be really busy sometimes and a challenge prioritising workload. Also people won't always take your advice or do the right thing.
1 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
opioid replacement
The good things
You get to help people
The challenges
You do not get paid your worth, you do not get penalty rates or entitlements, you do not get paid for your abilities or experience, employers take your skills for granted, you have no say in your hour...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Pharmacy
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Working alongside other healthcare professionals and being able to provide advice to patients. Applying pharmacological background to ensure each medicine prescribed has a purpose and no significant i...
The challenges
Some days it feels that there's not enough time and can be very stressful. One needs to be up to date with current practice recommendations and good PBS knowledge.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BACHELORS OF PHARMACY
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
REGULATORY AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
The good things
YOU LEARN A LOT AS AN INTERMEDIATE BETWEEN THE MANUFACTURER AND DRUG REGULATORY GOVERNING BODY
The challenges
COORDINATING BETWEEN MANUFACTURER AND ANSWERING QUERIES RAISED RELATED TO DRUG REGISTRATION
2 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Retail
The good things
If you want to help people and use your brain to wisefully choose your words and decisions this is the path.
The challenges
Undervalued and undermined.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor degree in pharmacy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
To be a pharmacist give you the opportunity to help people not only in their treatmet as well in many aspects as nutrition, dermatology and wide range of well being.
The challenges
You have to be patient refarding to learn a lot of formulas and spend long time studying.
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What are the job opportunities for Pharmacists?

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Job opportunities

Pharmacist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
7.5%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Pharmacists
Latest Pharmacist jobs on SEEK
Raven's Recruitment Pty Ltd
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
We are seeking a passionate and efficient Pharmacist in Charge eager to develop their career as a team member of TerryWhite Chemmart Camberwell.
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Raven's Recruitment Pty Ltd
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
We are seeking a passionate and efficient part-time Pharmacist for Fridays eager to be a team member of TerryWhite Chemmart Hawthorn.
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Private Advertiser
Mackay & Coalfields
PHARMACIST
Scaffidi Group
Lismore & Far North Coast
The key aspects of this exciting and rewarding role as Pharmacist will involve day-to-day running of the Dispensary and Front of Shop.
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