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.


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£ 14,986
£ 36,432
£ 80,382

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In the past year there were 47,131 vacancies for this type of job

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What they do most days?

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Clinical Pharmacy

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Medical Prescription

  • Auditing

  • Primary Care

  • Patient Safety

  • Medication Dispensation

  • Risk Analysis

  • Surgery

  • Pharmacy Operations

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • Communications

  • Customer Service

  • Ethical Standards And Conduct

  • Operations

  • Enthusiasm

  • Support Colleagues

  • Prioritization

  • Research

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