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.
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.
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.
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
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 for pharmacists includes :
pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant work
any customer service experience
any work in the health industry.
Pharmacists need to register with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.