Industrial Pharmacists

ANZSCO ID 251512

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
830
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
84%
Female Share
54%
Average age
38

Summary

Industrial Pharmacists undertake research, testing and analysis related to the development, production, storage, quality control and distribution of drugs and related supplies.

Tasks

  • Conducts research to develop and improve pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and related chemical products.

  • Confers with chemists, engineering professionals and other professionals about manufacturing techniques and ingredients.

  • Tests and analyses drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength in relation to specified standards.

  • Develops standards for drugs used in pharmaceuticals.

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Creative
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Pharmacists, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 84% of people employed as Industrial Pharmacists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 18 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Manufacturing
53.3%
2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
16.8%
3
Education and Training
8.5%
4
Wholesale Trade
6.4%
5
Other industries
10.1%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

24.1% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

47.3% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

13.5% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.2% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

4.8% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.8% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.4% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Industrial Pharmacists All Jobs Average
NSW 24.1 31.6
VIC 47.3 25.6
QLD 13.5 20.0
SA 6.2 7.0
WA 4.8 10.8
TAS 1.8 2.0
NT 0.0 1.0
ACT 2.4 1.9


  • Around 87% of Industrial Pharmacists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    The regions with the largest share of workers are:

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
38
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
54%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Industrial Pharmacists is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 54% of the workforce. This is 6 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Industrial Pharmacists All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 5.7 9.3
25-34 32.2 22.9
35-44 31.6 22.0
45-54 19.8 21.6
55-59 5.7 9.0
60-64 2.7 6.0
65 and Over 2.3 4.2
Median Age 38 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A bachelor degree in pharmacy is needed to work as an Industrial Pharmacist. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.

Registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia is required.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Industrial Pharmacists All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 47.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 47.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 2.6 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.0 21.1
Year 12 3.4 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.0 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Pharmacists who can connect with others, provide good customer service and have good communication skills.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 77%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 70%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • 66%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 66%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 64%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 64%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 59%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 59%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 59%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 57%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 57%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 57%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 57%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 55%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 55%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 54%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 50%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 48%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 46%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 83%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 73%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 72%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 68%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 65%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 64%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 61%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 59%

    Medicine and dentistry

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  • 54%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 49%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 49%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 48%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 48%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 47%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 46%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 44%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 44%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 41%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 30%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 30%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 79%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 75%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 75%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 73%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 71%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 71%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 70%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 63%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 59%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 59%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 59%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 57%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 55%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 55%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 54%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 52%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 50%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 45%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 43%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 41%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 90%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 88%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 87%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 87%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 87%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 83%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 81%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 80%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 80%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 78%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 76%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 75%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 73%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 71%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 70%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 70%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 66%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 63%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 62%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 49%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 62%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 62%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 57%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 33%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 24%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 81%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 81%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 81%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 79%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 62%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 48%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 96%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 96%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 95%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 95%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 94%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 89%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 88%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 85%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 83%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 82%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 78%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 77%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 75%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 74%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 71%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 68%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 64%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 62%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 59%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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