NOC 3131 – Pharmacists

 

  • 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

Job Duties

Pharmacists perform some or all of the following duties:
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.

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in pharmacy and a period of supervised practical training are required.
  • Licensure is required in all provinces and territories for community and hospital pharmacists.

Exclusions

  • Chemists (2112)
  • Chiefs of pharmacy and pharmacy directors (in 0311 Managers in health care)
  • Pharmaceutical sales representatives (in 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade)
  • Pharmacologists (in <2121 Biologists and related scientists)
  • Pharmacy and drugstore managers (in 0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers)
  • Pharmacy technicians (in 3219< Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health))
  • Pharmacy aides (in 3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services)

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