- Pharmacy Assistant
- Hospital Pharmacist
- Industrial Pharmacist
- Retail Pharmacist
- Pharmacy Technician
- Compounding Pharmacist
Become a healthcare leader and ensure our use of medicine is safe and secure by studying an exciting pharmacy course.
What do pharmacy graduates do?
After completing a pharmacy course, you’ll work as a pharmacist, performing tasks like:
- Receiving prescriptions, checking patients’ medicine histories, and checking optimal dosage and methods of administration and drug compatibility before dispensing;
- Preparing or supervising the preparation and labelling of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications to fill prescriptions;
- Advising prescribers on drug incompatibility and contra-indications;
- Reviewing and monitoring the medicine therapy of individual patients and assessing the effectiveness of total medicine therapy;
- Maintaining prescription files and recording issues of narcotics, poisons and habit-forming drugs;
- Storing and preserving vaccines, serums and other drugs subject to deterioration;
- Supplying non-prescription medicines, and diagnostic and therapeutic aids;
- Supervising and coordinating the work of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns and pharmacy sales assistants;
- Conducting research to develop and improve pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and related chemical products;
- Liaising with chemists, engineering professionals and other professionals about manufacturing techniques and ingredients;
- Testing and analysing drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength in relation to specific standards;
- Developing standards for drugs used in pharmaceuticals;
- Managing patient records and paperwork; and
- Performing basic customer service with patients.
You’ll enjoy working as a pharmacist if you:
- Love helping people
- Are highly motivated
- Enjoy being challenged
- Can focus on details
- Have a scientific mind
- Have good time management and organisational skills
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Work well with people
- Enjoy solving problems
- Are a natural leader
- Can work well independently and in a team
- Are interested in science and medicine
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook describes the pharmacy sector as a medium-sized and growing industry. Currently employing approximately 25,100 people, it has been growing in size for the past decade and is predicted to continue growing at a similar rate in the future. Job Outlook expects that approximately 30,000 people will be employed as pharmacists in Australia by 2020.
The size of the profession indicates that roles are available for pharmacists in most areas of Australia.
According to PayScale, a pharmacist can earn between $47,000 and $90,000, depending on experience, with an average salary of $68,000.