Pharmacists supply, dispense and manufacture medicines and pharmaceutical products in hospitals and community pharmacies, and advise on their appropriate use. They also conduct research into the formulation, production, storage, quality control and distribution of medicines and pharmaceutical products.

Where pharmacists are employed

Most pharmacists work in community pharmacies, with some owning their own practice or partnership. They also work in hospital pharmacies providing services to patients. A number are employed by pharmaceutical companies in drug research, marketing and design, or by universities and TAFE institutes.


Full-time pharmacists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Pharmacist

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,027 people employed full-time as pharmacists in South Australia compared with 809 in 2006.   

How to become one

Usually you need a degree in pharmacy. At school consider doing English, maths, biology, chemistry and physics. 

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing or registration requirements

In Australia all pharmacists must be registered by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

If you have gained qualifications and work experience overseas, except for those from New Zealand, you are required to pass the Australian Pharmacy Council examination and complete a period of supervised practice. On successful completion you can apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to work as a pharmacist.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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