Industrial pharmacist


What they do

Industrial pharmacists conduct research, testing and analysis in the development of medicines and production of pharmaceuticals and related supplies. Industrial pharmacists use the latest methods, technologies and processes to develop new medications, and may be involved in clinical drug trials. In Western Australia, industrial pharmacists usually work for pharmaceutical manufacturing companies or research organisations in the greater Perth metropolitan region. They may also work in areas of quality assurance, regulatory services, and the marketing and provision of drug information.

Working conditions

Industrial pharmacists usually work in industrial laboratories or clinical environments and may occasionally work in manufacturing plants. Industrial pharmacists may work with potentially hazardous materials. Following proper workplace safety standards such as wearing protective clothing greatly minimises any associated risks.

Tools and technologies

Industrial pharmacists usually use computers and laboratory equipment to conduct tests and record results. They work with medicinal drugs in tablet, capsule, liquid, cream and powder forms. They may be required to wear sterile clothing such as gloves and laboratory coats and protective safety glasses.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a industrial pharmacist, you need to study a degree in pharmacy at university. Alternatively, you can study a bachelor degree in a related field, followed by a postgraduate qualification in pharmacy.

Curtin University offers a four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy. This is the only undergraduate degree specialising in pharmacy in Western Australia. Curtin University and the University of Western Australia both offer a two-year Master of Pharmacy.
Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Required registration and licensing

To work as an industrial pharmacist in Western Australia, you need to obtain registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.