Basics Of Pharmacy: Pharmacist | How To Become Pharmacist

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Pharmacist | How To Become Pharmacist

A pharmacist is a health care professional who is involved in the manufacturing, compounding, storage and dispensing of drugs.

How To Become a Pharmacist

To become a pharmacist, a Doctor Of Pharmacy Degree or Pharm D degree is required.

The duration of the Pharm D degree program varies from country to country and on average it takes 5 years after completion of intermediate education.

In Some countries, its 6 years program includes 5 years of education and one year for residency.

In Pakistan, before 2004 a 4 years degree of pharmacy known as B Pharm was offered and it was replaced by a 5 years Pharm D degree program in 2004.

In Pakistan,Pharm D degree is offered by different private and government colleges and universities and is accepted within the country and outside the country as well.

Fields For Pharmacist Working

In broader terms, a pharmacist is a professional who is involved in different activities in different government and private sectors.

Following is a basic overview of some sectors,

  • Hospitals

  • Community Pharmacy

  • Drug Testing Labs

  • Forensic Science

  • Pharmaceutical Industries

  • Research and development

  • Regulatory Affairs

  • Marketing

  • Education


  • Hospital is a place where treatment is provided to a  large number of patients on a daily basis and both in-patients and out-patients are provided with medicines.

  • Pharmacists working in hospital pharmacies play an important role in hospitals for storage, dispensing and compounding of medicines.

  • Pharmacists working in hospitals also provide patient counselling for drug-drug interaction, drug food interaction, dosage and side effects.

How To Get Job In Hospitals

  • To get a job in a hospital, different assessment tests are conducted according to the different country requirements.

Community Pharmacy

  • Community Pharmacy is also known as a retail pharmacy and it is the place where pharmacists are easily accessible to the patients.

  • In community pharmacies patients can directly get counseling from Pharmacists regarding their medicines.


Pharmaceutical Industries

  • Pharmaceutical industries are the manufacturing units where medicines are manufactured using raw materials.

  • Pharmacists working in the pharmaceutical industries are involved in dispensing of raw materials to manufacturing of  different dosage forms.

  • After manufacturing, supervision of packaging is also done by the qualified pharmacist.

  • In pharmaceutical industries quality assurance and testing of products is also done by pharmacists.

How To Get a Job In Pharma

  • To get a job in the pharmaceutical industry a written test or interview is conducted.

Drug Testing Labs

  • Drug testing labs are the government bodies and pharmacists working there are involved in testing different medicine samples taken from hospitals or retail pharmacies to ensure that products delivered from pharmaceutical industries are of required standards.

Forensic Science

  • Forensic science pharmacists are involved in the testing and identification of drugs for legal requirements.

Research and development 

  • Research and development pharmacists are involved in the research and development of different medicinal products.

Regulatory Pharmacist

  • Regulatory affairs pharmacists prepare different documents required for regulatory bodies.

Marketing Pharmacist

  • Marketing pharmacists work for brand awareness of pharmaceutical products.


  • Pharmacists are also involved in providing education to students in different universities and training sessions.

Also Read:

Introduction Of Hospital Pharmacy

Basics Of Pharmaceutics

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