Thought About Getting A Pharmacy Job?

Written by on September 21, 2012 in Career - No comments | Print this page


Okay so you’re in the chemist and in are in awe when watching the pharmacist sort through the drugs and the apparatus on display completely baffles you, but what captures your attention in particular is the seemingly laid-back aspect of the staff working there. It’s a kind of ‘they know what they are doing’ image, there doesn’t seem to be any particular pressure considering the nature of their role. There are different roles within a pharmacy and many of them require a lot of study and training however there are some that don’t need any experience and you can do qualifications that will enable you to get into the workings of the pharmacy itself – rather than being restricted to the front desk.

For someone to gain a job as a pharmacist, relevant qualifications are required. Most pharmacists will have studied a  four year degree in pharmacy and then added further qualifications to aid their ascent up the career ladder. The knowledge and discipline that is required to be a pharmacist is impressive. After all, in most cases these folk are dishing out whatever the GPs prescribe;  some of these can be very dangerous medical drugs and if measured wrongly could cause have serious consequences. If they get it wrong through being negligent, then the consequences will be heavy. Not only are brains involved in the job of a pharmacist but also maturity and a careful attitude are seemingly mandatory also.

The job of pharmacist isn’t just to hand out life changing drugs all the time there are more conventional items such as herbal sleep aids and so forth that they retail too. In fact pharmacists seem to be ‘knowledge banks’; they always seem to know what you should be taking for that chesty cough or lower back pain etc. Pharmacists aren’t just behind the scenes, they must have excellent interpersonal skills to deal with the general public too.

The jobs available in pharmacy are seemingly plentiful. Why? Well firstly, it’s an evergreen industry meaning that through ‘boom and bust’ times the demand for medical drugs and medical aids will not change, so there’ll always be work. Another reason is that there are quite a few different pay-grade jobs including; manager, technicians, dispensing assistant and so on – gone are the days where pharmacists were confined to the realms of the local hospitals. Nowadays you’ll see them in chemists, supermarkets, primary care trusts etc. Pharmacists are everywhere.

All in all getting a pharmacy job may mean you have to do a lot to actually get into the job but with a long and safe career ahead with good pay to boot, it’s all so very, very worthwhile.

This is a guest post.  This article was written by Greg Wooliscroft, a popular GP, who first got into the medical profession through pharmacy jobs. The post was written for

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