Community and hospital pharmacists prepare and dispense prescribed drugs/other medicines, advise on the use of drugs/medications, and maintain records of customers' medications.
Industrial pharmacists participate in the research, development, testing, and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. They also develop information material on the use/properties of particular drugs, and evaluate the labelling, packaging, and advertising of drug products.
Dietitians and nutritionists are health promotion specialists - advising and counseling individuals and populations on healthy eating at all stages of the life cycle and on chronic disease prevention and management. Dietitians plan and provide health education programs, provide counseling, conduct research, advise on healthy public policy and may plan and supervise food service operations in health care, schools and the hospitality industry.
1. In general, you need a university degree.
2. To be a pharmacist, you must have a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and practical supervised training.
3. To work as a hospital or community pharmacist, you also need a licence from the province/territory where you'll work.
4. To be a dietitian or nutritionist, you need a bachelor's in dietetics and a one year practicum/internship in an accredited program or a Master's Degree, and registration with the dietetic regulatory body in the province/territory where you'll work. To work in policy, programs and research a Master's Degree in a related area is usually required.
5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Pharmacists, Dietitians and Nutritionists is $30.17/HR, which is above average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.