The pharmacist is a professional with a higher degree who works in the health area, being able to research, develop, produce, manipulate and select medicines, assume technical responsibility in pharmacies, drugstores, distributors, hospitals and laboratories, research and control the quality of derivatives of the blood, technically analyze and issue reports in the food industry, in addition to acting as a professor or researcher at universities.
There are more than 70 pharmaceutical activities that this professional is authorized to perform. Hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, medicine, cosmetics and food industry, agriculture, pest prevention, drug distribution, public and inspection agencies are some of the options in areas where the pharmacist can work.
The job market for pharmacists is promising and expanding.
Professional Minimum Salary of the Pharmacist
Pharmacists do not have a single professional minimum wage throughout Brazil. The pharmacist’s salary floor is defined in each state by collective agreements and agreements signed in the unions and may vary according to the dedication (number of weekly hours), the function performed and the sector in which the professional works. Here are some examples:
Union of Pharmacists of the State of Goiás
- BRL 3,477
Union of Pharmacists of the State of São Paulo:
- BRL 3,629
Union of Pharmacists of the State of Paraná:
- BRL 2,020
Sergipe Pharmacists Union
- BRL 2,811
Pharmacist’s average salary
The national average salary for pharmacists, according to a survey on the job site Catho, is around R$ 2,700. See below for other salaries for some positions held by these professionals:
- Biochemical Pharmacist: R$2,806
- Pharmacist: BRL 2,817
- Pharmacy Supervisor: BRL 2,950
- Hospital Pharmacist: R$ 3,011
- Laboratory Coordinator: BRL 4,253
- Pharmacy Manager: BRL 3,488
- Industrial Pharmacist: BRL 2,592
About the Pharmacist’s Career
The pharmacist’s profession was regulated in 1931. To practice it, you must have a university degree and be registered with the Regional Council of Pharmacy of the state where you work. It is very important that the diploma for a university degree in Pharmacy is recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC). Only then will it be possible to obtain professional registration.
So, if you are thinking of studying Pharmacy, keep an eye on this information and look for a recognized and well-regarded faculty by MEC. Anhanguera and Cruzeiro do Sul are some examples, but you can see a more complete list at the end of this text.
The market for pharmacists in Brazil is favorable and expanding. The generic drug law, the requirement that there is a responsible pharmacist present in pharmacies and drugstores, the expansion of public health policies, such as pharmaceutical assistance in the Unified Health System (SUS), the lack of professionals in new fields of research , mainly biotechnological medicines, and the growth in the production of homeopathic remedies are some of the factors that favor the employability of pharmacists in the country.
The pharmaceutical sector has one of the highest occupancy rates, with almost all professionals employed in the field. A survey by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), released in 2013, indicates that 94.30% of all Brazilian pharmacists are working. Another survey by Ipea places pharmacists in the ranking of professions that generated the most jobs in recent years. There were 13,897 new vacancies created between 2009 and 2012.
In addition to clinics, laboratories, research institutes, universities, public agencies and industry, pharmacists have a series of new possibilities for action. An article published in Exame magazine about promising careers in the pharmaceutical sector highlights six new positions with good pay:
- Public Market Access Manager: handles bids and can win up to R$25,000.
- Private Market Access Manager: mediates the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and private health establishments (hospitals, insurance companies, etc.). Salaries of up to R$25 thousand.
- Pharmaeconomics Manager: studies the economic and social impacts of drug treatments and can earn up to R$ 10,000.
- Medical Science Liasion (MSL): liaises with health opinion makers to exchange information on pharmaceutical studies and research prior to drug launches. Earn up to R$ 18 thousand.
- Medical Education Manager: advises physicians on the use of complex medications. You can earn up to R$ 20 thousand.
- NGO Manager: advises non-governmental organizations on treatment options. Salaries of up to R$ 15 thousand.
Due to the large number of new drugs launched every year and changes in legislation, the practice of the pharmacist profession, regardless of its area of expertise, requires constant training and updates. Congresses, seminars and specialization courses are essential to achieve and maintain a good position in the labor market.
According to the Federal Council of Pharmacy (CFF), there are about 67 thousand pharmacists active in the country, and more than 97 thousand establishments such as pharmacies and drugstores. Also according to the CFF, every year 8,000 new pharmacy professionals graduate in Brazil.