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Employability and Careers

Registered pharmacists have excellent career prospects in different sectors of practice including hospital, community, primary care/GP practices and industrial pharmacy.

To find out more about registering as a pharmacist and sectors of practice visit our Registering and Sectors page.

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If you enjoy working with patients and the public as well as a diversity of other healthcare professionals this could be a career for you.

To find out more visit the NHS Explore Roles in Pharmacy page.

More than 75% of the East of England hospital pre-reg trainee pharmacists secure band 6 pharmacist positions in the NHS.

All NHS jobs are advertised on the NHS website.

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Working in community pharmacy can be a very fulfilling and rewarding career.

Modern community services are patient-centred and include delivery of a range of advanced and enhanced services under contract with the NHS.

To read more about careers in community pharmacy visit the PSNC website.

Primary Care/GP practicesPharmacist consulting

At present, a career in primary care is followed after gaining a few years’ experience and qualifications in either hospital or community pharmacy.

This is changing rapidly with increasing opportunities for clinical pharmacist posts at GP practices.

To read out more visit the NHS Community Pharmacy website.

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There are opportunities for a newly qualified pharmacist to work in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles:

  • Medical Science e.g. Drug Development
  • Medical Information
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulation of Pharmaceuticals

About 4% of pharmacists currently working in the UK are employed by the pharmaceutical industry.

To find out more visit the APBI Careers website.