How to become a pharmacist

Dispense and educate customers on prescribed medications in pharmacies or hospitals.

Pathways to this career

  1. Pharmacists require tertiary qualifications such as a bachelor degree in pharmacy.
  2. If you've already studied an undergraduate degree, focus your career pathway with postgraduate study in pharmacy, allowing you to qualify for an internship.
  3. On completing your qualifications, you'll need to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to be able to practice as a pharmacist.

What does a pharmacist do?

Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing drugs that doctors have prescribed to patients. They often work at pharmacies or hospitals. Pharmacists assist and educate customers about which medications to purchase, whether these are brand name drugs or generic brands.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise customers about potential side effects of medications
  • Advise customers on the most relevant/best medication to treat their symptoms (especially for over-the-counter medications)
  • Review and interpret drug orders from physicians for allergy interactions, clarity, dosage form, incompatibility, etc.
  • Sell/distribute drugs which are prescribed by practicing physicians
  • Study and understand new medications and products

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