What they do

Pharmacists supply and make medications and other prescription drugs in hospitals and pharmacies. They prepare and supervise the dispensing of a range of medications, ointments, tablets and other medicinal products, as well as advising both patients and physicians on their appropriate use. They also conduct research on the manufacture, production, storage and distribution of medicines and drugs. Pharmacists have the opportunity to work across the state, from our cities and towns to more remote areas.

Working conditions

Pharmacists may work in community pharmacies, chemists, aged care facilities, hospitals and other medical establishments. They may also visit patients in their homes. Part of their time may be spent researching and testing pharmaceutical products, however most pharmacists make up prescriptions and consult with patients and other health care professionals.

Tools and technologies

Pharmacists often use laboratory equipment and more traditional means for combining medicines such as a mortar and pestle and measuring equipment. They also work with a range of pharmaceutical and medicinal drugs in liquid, capsule and tablet form, as well as other treatments like ointments, balms and lotions. They often use computers, and usually wear sterile clothing including gloves and gowns.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a pharmacist, you usually need to study a degree in pharmacy at university.

Curtin University and The University of Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a pharmacist in Western Australia, you need to obtain general registration from the Pharmacy Board of Australia.