1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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PHARMACISTS compound and dispense pharmaceuticals and other drugs and medicines and conduct research on production, storage, quality control and distribution of drugs and related supplies.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this unit group is a bachelor degree or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing or directing preparation and labelling of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications to fill prescriptions
  • receiving prescriptions and checking for correct dosage and drug compatibility before dispensing
  • advising on drug incompatibility and contra-indications
  • maintaining prescription files and recording issue of narcotics, poisons and habit forming drugs
  • conducting research to develop or improve pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and related chemical products
  • conferring with chemists, engineers and other professionals about manufacturing techniques and ingredients and testing and analysing drugs to determine identity, purity and strength
  • selling non-prescription drugs, sickroom supplies, toiletries, cosmetics and other commercial products


This section contains the following subsection :
              2382-11 Hospital Pharmacist
              2382-13 Industrial Pharmacist
              2382-15 Retail Pharmacist

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