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Pharmacy graduates have emerged with low levels of satisfaction
in recent years, and they still rate their overall satisfaction with the
course, teaching quality and the skills they gained poorly. Job
prospects for both pre- and post-registration pharmacy graduates
are excellent, with only three per cent of graduates still seeking
work four months after graduation. At $41,578, starting salaries
for pharmacy graduates (pre-registration) are very low compared
with most other fields of study, but upon registration (typically 12
months after graduation) salaries usually rise significantly. Among
2012 graduates, 13 per cent pursued further study.
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
Tom — Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (Honours)
Why did you choose to study
I’ve always been somewhat of a
‘curious George’ about how things
worked and I’ve always had a love for
science, so the course fit the bill
perfectly. I wasn’t bad at it either, so
that really helped. It was either that or
engineering. I couldn’t have gone wrong either way but I don’t
have any regrets up to this point.
What was the best thing about your course?
The best thing about my course was that the hours and the
coursework were tough, which really prepared me for the
industry. The lecturers and professors were accessible but it
was up to us to pursue the answers that we needed without
being spoon-fed. The industrial placements in the final year,
along with the practicals, gave me insight and a solid
foundation of what was in store out in the real world.
What was the worst thing about your course?
I honestly didn’t have many complaints besides the early
mornings and the travelling that I had to do to get to class (an
hour and a half by public transport).
Have you found work in your field?
Yes, I have. I’m currently working as a development chemist
(formulation scientist) at a pharmaceutical company in
Brisbane. This is actually my second course-related full-time
position. My first job was as a development chemist at a
smaller company in Melbourne.
What advice would you give to students considering
I guess everyone says to pay attention and make the most of
it, but my advice is to really enjoy your years at uni no matter
what course you do. Be polite and network with the
supervisors and lecturers because they’re really there to help
you and push you. There aren’t many experienced
formulators out there and the number of graduates is low, so if
you network right and work hard, you will be quickly
recognised. When you’re looking for a job, be prepared, apply
early and have your résumé ready and updated at all times.
Do your research on the company before interviews and just
remember that you’re applying for a graduate position, so
they’re not expecting you to have a whole lot of experience,
Have you completed further study?
I have considered doing a PhD and it is still feasible, but at
this point in time, I feel that it’s not necessary since I have
studied for many years already. Some companies pay you to
work and do a PhD at the same time, so I may consider it in
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