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Career Options for Pharmacy Graduates in Malaysia
For students who just completed their SPM or Foundation in Science, and are thinking about getting a Pharmacy Degree in Malaysia, and maybe thinking about the career opportunities available in this field, opportunities abound for pharmacy graduates in private and public hospitals as well as other parastatals.
As a hospital pharmacist in Malaysia, you can earn as much as RM 59,180 yearly, with opportunities to learn and grow in your profession. Here are the units that you could work in a hospital.
- 24-hour Pharmacy
- Outpatient Department (OPD)
- Specialist’s Clinics
- Ward supply
- Satellite pharmacy
- Aseptic pharmacy
- Drug information
- Oncology (Cytotoxic Drugs)
- Clinical pharmacokinetics
- Logistics or Integrated Store
Other opportunities include specialising or managing a unit or department such as Oncology, OPD, or becoming a Chief Pharmacist at a state hospital (after serving for a couple of years).
Hospital pharmacists are also involved in aseptic preparations—for example, parenteral nutrition, oncology pharmacy, and nuclear pharmacy.
For pharmacy graduates who choose to work in private hospitals, depending on the size and services offered by the private hospital, you can also learn and work your way to top management positions.
Opportunities are also available to serve as a Public Health Pharmacist to work in health clinics or primary care at all districts. The services offered in primary care are different from a general hospital, except for Out-patient Department and Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic.
Another career option available to hospital pharmacists is a Hospital Information System, also known as the Pharmacy Information System. This path is appealing to graduates who are interested in technology — available in both private and public hospitals.
Pharmacy Information System has to do with integrating information in both the clinical and non-clinical departments of the hospital. The job is primarily IT-based, but still requires someone with clinical experience.
Finally, there are a plethora of career options for graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy who intend to work in a public or private hospital in Malaysia.
As you already know, the labour market is a competitive place. Therefore, if you must get a job in today’s world, it is incredibly crucial to get the relevant degree(s) in Pharmacy as well as work experience to show your potential employers how enthused you are about your profession, and that you can apply the knowledge and skills you’ve learned in school in the workplace.
At AIMST University, some courses are tailored to give you a competitive edge in the job market. Pharmacy degrees ranging from Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) to Master of Science (Pharmacy) to Master of Pharmacy (clinical pharmacy) to Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy) are available to equip you with the knowledge and experience needed to get you to the top of your career.
1. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
With the acceptable academic requirements and qualification such as A-Levels, STPM, AIMST Foundation in Science/ Matriculation/Foundation in Science, Matriculation/ Pre-medical or Pre-Pharmaceutical Studies, Diploma in Pharmacy, etc., you can enrol to pursue a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) Degree at AIMST University.
2. Master of Science (Pharmacy)
At AIMST, before you enrol for your Master of Science Degree, you must first get a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy. The Master of Science degree is aimed at equipping students with advanced knowledge and skills in planning, constructing, and conducting pharmaceutical research.
3. Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy)
To acquire a Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) Degree, you need a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy. The Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) Degree is designed to equip students with enhanced skills in evidence-based practice, rational use of medications, practice-based research, and provision of top-grade clinical pharmacy services.
4. Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy)
To enrol for a Ph.D. in Pharmacy course at AIMST University, you must have completed your Master’s Degree programme. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to conduct original research in pharmacy and other related fields.
As you can see, career options abound for Pharmacy graduates in Malaysia, including private and public hospitals, especially when you have the required degree(s), skills, and knowledge needed to serve. To acquire more information, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly and helpful counsellors.
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