National Occupation Code (NOC): 3131

Community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists compound and dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals and provide consultative services to both clients and health care providers. They are employed in retail pharmacies and health center pharmacies, or they may be self-employed. Industrial pharmacists participate in the research, development, promotion and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. They are employed in pharmaceutical companies and government departments and agencies.

Follow This Occupation Share

Job Duties for Pharmacists

Community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists
  • Check prescriptions for proper dosage
  • Compound prescribed pharmaceutical products by calculating, measuring and mixing the quantities of drugs and other ingredients required and filling appropriate containers with correct quantity
  • Dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals to customers or to other health care professionals and advise them on indications, contra-indications, adverse effects, drug interactions and dosage
  • Maintain medication profiles of customers including registry of poisons and narcotic and controlled drugs
  • Ensure proper preparation, packaging, distribution and storage of vaccines, serums, biologicals and other drugs and pharmaceuticals
  • Order and maintain stock of pharmaceutical supplies
  • Advise customers on selection and use of non-prescription medication
  • Renew existing prescriptions in limited circumstances
  • May adapt the formulation, regimen, duration or route of administration of medication
  • May supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and other staff.
Industrial pharmacists
  • Participate in research for the development of new drugs
  • Formulate new drug products developed by medical researchers
  • Test new drug products for stability and to determine absorption and elimination patterns
  • Co-ordinate clinical investigations of new drugs
  • Control the quality of drug products during production to ensure that they meet standards of potency, purity, uniformity, stability and safety
  • Develop information materials concerning the uses, properties and risks of particular drugs
  • Evaluate labelling, packaging and advertising of drug products
  • Promote pharmaceutical products to health professionals.

Working Conditions for Pharmacists

Work is usually performed in pharmaceutical clinics or hospitals. Tasks are often very detail-oriented, and some handling of hazardous chemicals is necessary.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Dispensary Department Supervisor - Hospital
  • Drug Information Pharmacist
  • Druggist
  • Health Care Institution Pharmacist
  • Hospital Druggist
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Intern Pharmacist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacist Consultant
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Student
  • Are You Currently A Walmart Associate?
  • Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (oncology)
  • Pharmacy Intern
  • Pharmacy Manager (FT - 12 Mo Contract Term)
  • Pharmacy Manager
  • Drug Investigation Consultant

Help Us Serve You Better

We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.

Your Age: