The lucrativeness of pharmacy profession is only as a result of the various ways through which a fully trained and licensed pharmacist can exploit his or her various opportunities to make good returns. Getting a job is easy for pharmacist, some of them get guaranteed job during their course of studies and most of them have to make an application to the appropriate authority.
A pharmacist cannot be left out in any way when it comes to the sustenance of the healthcare system in a way which normally includes the production of drugs and the distribution of drugs. The doctors only make prescription but the pharmacist produce and dispense those drugs. Job opportunities for a fully trained and licensed pharmacist are not scanty.
Many people have the misunderstanding that a pharmacist only ends up in a pharmacy or drug store, some even mistake them to those selling drugs in small shops (chemist) or those hawking drugs in lorries and buses. Those are not pharmacist, you rarely see a licensed pharmacist with full potentials hawking drugs or dispensing in small outlets. This article will increase your knowledge base and help open your minds to those opportunities available to a pharmacist as well as erasing those false impressions you had on them.
Things Which Can Boost Your Employability
Looking for a job is easy but getting them is like petting an angry dog. In any form of job (not only pharmacy), there are certain things which you can do to boost your chances of getting approved for your dream job. A pharmacist does not really have to put too much effort when it comes to procuring a good job but these two things are really important in order to ensure success.
1. Job Experience
As a newly licensed pharmacist who just graduated from the university, you will not have that much of an experience but you really don’t have to make it known. You can boost yourself by taking your internship program serious and going into the rudiments of pharmacy. You can learn the marketing sectors, ways of coping with patients, communication skills, expressing some leadership qualities and cautiousness.
After internship, it might be a wise decision to start working with an established pharmacist through which you will get yourself exposed to the important things you needed to know. For a community pharmacist who will specialize on dispensing of drugs, getting yourself attached to an existing and well established pharmacy will be of great help.
2.Reliable CV and Useful Skills
The world is a competitive place; the struggle began right from when you tried to escape from your mother’s womb and will only end when once you breathe your last. Apart from what you learnt in school, there is a great need for you to try to acquire extra skills which will boost your work experience and most importantly, your chances of being employed and valued by your boss.
One important skill you can’t afford to miss is the use of a computer, the world has changed and the same goes with the operations happening in it, many things are now automated through the use of computer. You need your skills in computer in order to prepare a sales report, you need your knowledge in computer in order to also be able to enter sales into spreadsheets, prepare payrolls, design charts showing increase and decrease in sales and to also make a hardcopy of everything needed to be in that form such as sales receipt and newsletters.
Filtering off the need to be computer literate, there are other useful skills which as a trained pharmacist, you are expected to develop. These skills are those which are specific to your role as a pharmacist and they include:
- knowledge of facts and theories relating to the design and manufacture of medicines;
- the ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals;
- production of pharmacy-specific scientific documentation;
- operation of pharmaceutical instrumentation;
- knowledge of the law and ethical concerns relating to the supply of medicines;
- Analysis of medicines.
- interpersonal skills;
- ability to work well as part of a team;
- numeracy and computation;
- problem-solving skills and the ability to think clearly and methodically;
- time management and organizational skills;
- Commercial awareness.
All these will work together to give you a good competitive advantage over your fellow job applicants.
Job Opportunities Available For a Pharmacist
1. Community Pharmacist
A community pharmacist makes the drugs you and I take each time the need arises to be available. They deal with the dispensing of drugs to the general public. Their operation is legal and they are licensed to do so. Not everyone is allowed to dispense drugs. Chemists are allowed to offer specific drugs to the public; the drugs chemist offer for sale are purely OTC drugs (Over The Counter).
OTC drugs are drugs with minimal effect which may not necessarily need the supervision of a physician, these drugs are those included in the essential drug list of Nigeria and they include haematinics (blood tonics), antibiotics, antimalarial, aphrodisiacs (condoms), dewormers and analgesics (pain killers). Other hard drugs and those which require the supervision of a physician are handled by community pharmacist.
A community pharmacist can setup his or her own pharmacy or work for another pharmacist.
2. Hospital Pharmacist
The work of a hospital pharmacist is similar to that of a community pharmacist which involves the dispensing of drugs. The only difference is the location of the work place. A hospital pharmacist works inside the hospital and offers drugs to patients while a community pharmacist works outside the hospital and provides drugs to patients outside the hospital.
3. University Lecturer or Academia
A fully trained pharmacist with high intellectual power can be retain by a university to work for them as a lecturer thereby helping in bringing up the upcoming pharmacist. The payment is superb and the work is less strenuous.
4. Pharmaceutical Industries
An industrial pharmacist can gain employment in a pharmaceutical industry to also formulate and produce drugs for the nation. There are some pharmaceutical Industries available here in Nigeria, mostly in Lagos. A prominent one is Emzor.
5. Government Agencies
Pharmacist are required in the government, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, NAFDAC and other regulatory bodies require pharmacist in order to carry out test on the safety of drugs and food substances. Pharmacist can be appointed as commissioner for health or minister for health in any nation.
6. Consultant pharmacy
Pharmacy consultants typically work with long-term care facilities and review drug regimens, offer pharmacokinetic dosing services, patient counseling, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Long-term care facilitates include nursing homes, mental institutions, home health agencies, hospice care, correctional institutions, rehabilitation centers, and adult day care centers.
If you have a strong science degree with good technical skills you could be working in a cutting-edge field researching and developing new and existing drugs. Pharmacologists aim to understand how drugs work so they can be used effectively and safely. They also conduct research to aid drug discovery and development.
The work involves investigating how drugs interact with biological systems. You could be carrying out in vitro research (using cells or animal tissues) or in vivo research (using whole animals) to predict what effect the drug might have in humans. There is a high level of collaboration with other scientists and it is typical to share your results with colleagues through meetings, reports and conferences.
8. Science Writers
Science writers research, write and edit scientific news, articles and features. They write for business, trade and professional publications, specialist scientific and technical journals, and the general media. Writers need to be able to understand complex scientific information, theories and practices. They also need to be able to write in a clear, concise and accurate language that can be understood by the general public.
Science writers are sometimes known as science or scientific journalists. They write for the media, reporting on scientific news but can also take on a more investigatory and critical role. Science writing for non-media outlets involves communicating scientific research to a professional or lay audience, either for journals, promotional brochures and websites or as press releases.
Conclusion: There might be other job opportunities available out there which is not enlisted here, all you have to do is search and determine your capabilities, be driven by your passion and not by the lust for wealth because doing what you do because you love doing it, is better than doing what you hate because of your expectations. Be a proud pharmacist and seize every favourable opportunity that comes your way. Cheers!!!
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