Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
1d ago

Pay for pharmacists varies depending on their experience and level of responsibility.

  • Pharmacy interns (graduates completing their registration year) usually earn $45,000 a year.
  • Pharmacists with one to five years' experience can earn $50,000 to $75,000.
  • Charge pharmacists (who manage a pharmacy) and pharmacists with more than five years experience can earn between $75,000 and $105,000.
  • Sources : Auckland Region District Health Boards / PSA Allied, Public Health and Technical MECA, 2017; The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Pharmacists may do some or all of the following :

  • prepare, mix, check and dispense medicines
  • keep accurate records and stock take medicines
  • provide information and advice on medicines, health issues and lifestyle choices
  • supervise and check the work of other pharmacy staff
  • offer services such as blood pressure, glucose or cholesterol testing
  • design and implement policies, procedures and budgets for medicine use throughout a hospital
  • design and carry out clinical trials.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Pharmacists need to have knowledge of :

  • medicines and how they affect the human body
  • laws that relate to pharmacy practices
  • alternative health treatments and practices
  • how to mix medicines accurately.
  • Community pharmacists need to have business skills for the day-to-day running of a pharmacy.

    Pharmacists :

  • usually work regular business hours but may need to work longer hours and weekends
  • usually work in community pharmacies, but may also work in hospitals.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a pharmacist you need to :

  • complete a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Auckland or University of Otago
  • complete an internship of one year working in a hospital or community pharmacy
  • register with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.
  • Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, health, maths and physics.

    Pharmacists need to be :

  • honest and efficient
  • responsible and careful, particularly when dealing with dangerous drugs
  • able to work within a professional code of ethics and keep information private
  • accurate, organised and observant, with an eye for detail
  • friendly, patient and helpful, with communication and listening skills
  • good researchers
  • able to manage and train staff
  • good at maths, and have record-keeping skills.
  • Pharmacists also need to have an understanding and awareness of a variety of cultures.

    Useful experience

    Useful experience for pharmacists includes :

  • pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant work
  • any customer service experience
  • any work in the health industry.
  • Registration

    Pharmacists need to register with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

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