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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Busy Environment


Pharmacists are the link between doctors and their patients. As a pharmacist, your role is to prepare and dispense prescribed medication to people in your community. 

You’ll be legally required to maintain prescription files and recording medications of the patients you dispense medicine to, as well as ensuring the correct dosage is given. 

You’ll also be supervising other staff such as pharmacy technicians and sales assistants. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC / NC(V) with a Bachelor’s Degree pass
  2. Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
  3. 12 months of community service

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Each institution has its own entry requirements but in general:

NSC / NC(V) with a Bachelor’s Degree pass

Compulsory Subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences

Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences.

Duration of study

4 Years


Pharmacists can be employed either at hospitals, clinics, by retail pharmacy companies or go into private practise by opening up their own pharmacies. 

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa

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