Community Pharmacist

Average Salary: £28,000 - £33,000
Competition: MID
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Community Pharmacists are gateway keepers for those over-the-counter drugs. Their main responsibility is to dispense medicine, to the people who really need it. But also play a big part in developing clinical services. What would our community do without them!


Going into a Pharmacy and getting the right treatments is a piece of cake! Community Pharmacists are at the heart of what makes this process so straightforward, by carrying out the following job responsibilities:

  • Keeping track of medicines that have been supplied ensuring that the correct drugs and dosages have been provided
  • Dispensing prescription and over-the-counter medicines to customers
  • Giving advice to customers in regards to treatment of minor conditions
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of treatments to customers
  • Overseeing the preparation of medicines that have been supplied by the manufacturer unprepared
  • Keeping up-to-date with new pharmaceutical drugs, uses and developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Community Pharmacist should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, showing attentive listening skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and have a genuine caring nature
  • Maintain high accuracy in work, whilst having an attention to detail
  • Have good planning and organisation skills
  • Take a methodical approach when advising on prescriptions

Entry Routes

To become a Community Pharmacist, you need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). This is not one of your simple registration forms on the internet, where you simply have to put your name and e-mail address. It’s a tad more complicated! The following shows the stages needed to successfully register with the GPhC and to qualify as a Community Pharmacist:

  • Stage 1 – Complete an accredited Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Stage 2 – Undertake a period of one year training in a community pharmacy
  • Stage 3 – Pass the GPhC registration exam

After completing these stages, thou shalt pass and apply to be part of the GPhC. It’s also worth being a student member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Here you will gain access to a lot of resources that can help with your studies.

Job Progression

Community Pharmacist

Senior Community Pharmacist

Pharmacy Manager

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • People – It’s a career that gives you the opportunity to meet and communicate with some really interesting people
  • Rewarding – It feels good to genuinely help someone with their health
  • Ever-learning – You’re always learning about new medicines, what works best and so forth

The Bad

  • Repetitive – The job can get quite repetitive at times
  • Difficult People – From time to time, you can come across people who are being difficult, which can be frustrating
  • On Your Feet – It’s a job that consists of being literally on your feet, nearly all the time