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Descriptions & Duties

  • Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients following prescriptions issued by medical doctors. They offer expertise on the proper use and adverse effects of drugs and medicines. They are responsible for verifying instructions from doctors on the proper amount of medication prescribed to patients, checking whether the prescription will interact negatively with other drugs or any side effects, maintaining the medication records of patients and inventory records of controlled drugs and medicines, supervising the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training, storing and preserving vaccines, serums and other drugs subject to deterioration, ordering and purchasing pharmaceutical supplies and medical supplies.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Use of Medicines

Pharmacists must have knowledge and techniques for the safe and rational use of medicines.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A bachelor's degree in pharmacy.

Professional qualification

  • Must be registered pharmacists under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance and hold a valid practicing certificate issued by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 27-44B

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

Monthly Salary Directorate Pay Scale Point 1

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Work Environment

  • Pharmacists generally work in pharmacies, including those in drug stores. They also work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.


  • Ampoule filling equipment
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Calibration weights or weight sets - Metric weights
  • Electronic blood pressure monitors
  • Fume hoods or cupboards - Radiochemical fume hood and filter systems
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Hemacytometer sets
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders - Metric graduates
  • Medical radiation dosimeters - Radionucleide dose calibrators
  • Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens - Lead transport shields; Radiation shields for syringes and vials
  • Medical syringe without needle
  • Medication or pill dispensers or accessories - Medication pulling/ dispensing systems
  • Manual blood pressure equipment
  • Ostomy products
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
  • Sterile or aseptic processing or filling machines - Automated drug dispensing equipment

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