Job Description

Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They counsel patients on the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Pharmacists work in hospitals and community pharmacies where they provide pharmacological information to individuals and other health care professionals.

Careers Ladder


To become a Pharmacist you will need to obtain your Pharmacy degree from one of the many courses available in Australia. This can take up to six years.

You will need to complete a higher school certificate to gain entry into studies to become a Pharmacist.

Complete a qualification such as;

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy

Apply for ‘provisional’ registration. This ensures all recent graduates are registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, which is required for all those wishing to work as a Pharmacist.

Participate in an internship under the direction of a registered pharmacist to become qualified to practice pharmacy.


  • Autonomy
  • Communicator
  • Articulate
  • Competent
  • Dependable
  • Efficient
  • Focussed
  • Honest
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • AHPRA Registration
  • Counselling
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Customer Service
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Fred Dispensing System
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Team Work
  • Preparing medications
  • Developing the pharmacological knowledge

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;