Pharmacist

Pharmacists dispense drugs and medicaments in hospitals and pharmacies and advise on and participate in the development and testing of new drugs, compounds and therapies. They counsel on the proper use and adverse effects of drugs and medicines.

Tasks

  • Ensures that drugs and medicaments are in good supply and are stored properly.
  • Tests and analyses drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength.
  • Liaises with other professionals regarding the development, manufacturing and testing of drugs.
  • Maintains prescription files and records issue of narcotics, poisons and other habit-forming drugs.
  • Checks that recommended doses are not being exceeded and that instructions are understood by patients.
  • Highlights a drug.
  • Advises health professionals on the selection and appropriate use of medicines.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of prescribed medicaments in liquid, powder, tablet, ointment or other form following prescriptions issued by medical doctors and other health professionals.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 9% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£39,137

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for pharmacist is £39,137

1,029 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,029. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for pharmacist roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £39,137 per year. That is about £3,261 per month or £20.07 per hour. New workers generally start on £24,086, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £76,606

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,029 people are employed in the region.

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