Women pharmacists take profession by storm



The number of women pharmacists is continuing to surge, according to the latest Australian workforce data.

The number increased by 1216 in the two years to 2015, compared with 226 men in the same period.

At the time, there were 29,414 registered pharmacists, with 18,038 (or 61%) of them women.

However, men work longer hours than women (39 versus 33.5 a week).

Caroline Diamantis (pictured), who has been a pharmacist for over 30 years, says women are attracted to the profession because it’s rewarding and flexible.

“Women who may be thinking of having a family can combine casual and part-time work and they can continue that for years.”

Ms Diamantis, who has recently been appointed to the Pharmacy Guild’s NSW branch committee, says one of her goals is to encourage more women into pharmacy ownership.

The Guild recently