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Helping you find a career as a Pharmacist

Pharmacists dispense and distribute medicine, keeping their communities healthy while working to legal and ethical guidelines. To work in a pharmacy you need to be confident in dealing with patients and customers. You could find yourself working in a GP surgery, a local pharmacy or in a supermarket.

What does a Pharmacist do?
The specificity of the job will depend upon the kind of pharmacy you work in. Some examples of the kinds of day-to-day activities pharmacists do includes:
  • Dispensing prescription medicine

  • Selling over the counter products, e.g. cough sweets or hay fever tablets

  • Checking dosages and ensure the correct medicines are supplied in the correct quantities

  • Keeping records of all stock received and dispensed

  • Advising the public on treating minor ailments

  • Advising the public on the side effects of a given medicine

  • Managing a needle and syringe exchange

  • Offering specialist health checks, e.g. blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring

  • Running weight loss and stop smoking groups

  • Managing budgets
Skills & interests required for a Pharmacist
  • Communication skills

  • A good listener

  • Good at working as part of a team

  • An empathetic manner and interest in public health

  • Understanding of business principles

  • Trustworthy

  • Happy with high levels of responsibility
What hours does a Pharmacist typically do?
Working hours could include unsocial hours and are generally decided by a rota system. There are opportunities for part time, temporary and job share positions. Many pharmacies are open for extended hours to offer the public access to important medical treatments.
What environment is a Pharmacist based in?
A pharmacy, be it in a dedicated high street pharmacy, in a supermarket, or within a GPs surgery.
How much does a Pharmacist get paid?
Trainees are paid between £16,000 and £20,000 per annum with more experienced and qualified pharmacists being paid around £30,000 a year. Small independent pharmacies may pay less than this. With experience the salary of a pharmacist can rise to £45,000 to £70,000 per annum.
Perks & benefits
For those who relish responsibility the rewarding nature of the job may be an incentive as it naturally involves helping members of a local community.
What qualifications does a Pharmacist need?
To become a pharmacist you need to complete a Masters degree in pharmacy accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). There is then a year’s training in a community pharmacy to prepare you for the job and its responsibilities.
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