Pharmacist Jobs: Where Can You Work?
Whether you’ve just qualified as a pharmacist, or have been practising for a number of years, there might come a time where you want to broaden your horizons. But what can you do? We tell you exactly where you can work as a pharmacist, whether you’re looking to stay in the UK, or want to venture further afield and practise abroad.
If you’ve recently qualified as a pharmacist, you might be wondering what jobs are available to you. With pharmacy increasingly featuring in lists of the highest paid, happiest, and the best of all medical careers in the US, it’s no surprise more students are venturing into this field of medical study. This doesn’t mean that pharmacist jobs are incredibly competitive, though, and pharmacists are high in demand not only in the UK but across the world.
What Environments Can I Work In?
Wherever you decide to ply your trade, you’ll first need to register with The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who regulate all pharmacist jobs in the UK. So, what jobs can pharmacists pursue? While your role will largely be the same wherever you work, the environment you’ll be working in on a day to day basis will depend on where you choose to practise.
Primary Care Pharmacy
In a primary care pharmacist job, you’ll find yourself offering support and advice to the public on how they can manage, prevent and cure their ailments.
When working in a community pharmacist job, many patients will come to you for advice before visiting their GP. It’s vital that you’re comfortable interacting with members of the public and have a sound knowledge of your practice to offer quality support. If you work as a pharmacist in a large chain, such as a retail store, you’ll benefit from consistent hours and company perks, such as holiday pay and discounts.
A hospital role offers huge scope for progression. You may get involved in the general management of the hospital itself, or choose to specialise as a consultant or pharmacist with specialist interests. Consultants can specialise in many areas, including respiratory medicine, elderly care and haematology.
What If I Want to Work Abroad?
If you’re looking for a pharmacist job in somewhere other than the UK, you’ll need to register to practise within that country. The registration requirements vary from place to place — if you’re looking to work in Canada or Australia, you’ll need to sit a series of evaluations. However, in most countries, you’ll be able to automatically register with the regulatory board of your new destination.
Certificates of Current Professional Status
Obtaining a certificate of current professional status is crucial if you wish to apply for a pharmacist job abroad, as it is a requirement of most regulatory bodies around the world to request this document as part of the registration process.
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Medical and pharmacist jobs are constantly seeking motivated and high qualified workers to fill them. Whether you wish to stay in the UK or are considering moving abroad, it’s an exciting time in the industry. As we’ve seen, pharmacist jobs offer plenty of opportunity for progression and variety, wherever you go. Are you ready to take the next step in your pharmacy career?