Pharmacy

Pharmacy is about training to be a pharmacist.

A pharmacist prepares and dispenses medicines, and may also do pharmacy research.

Training as a pharmacist involves learning about how to develop, manufacture and dispense medicines to patients and other health professionals.

This includes learning about drug therapy and disease management.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Community pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Pharmacist assistant
  • Pharmacy researcher
  • Drug industry sales representative
  • Drug industry product manager
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

225% of national
median earnings


Employment

67%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
20%
Further study
11%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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