The work of a pharmacy technician includes:
- taking in and handing out prescriptions
- dispensing prescriptions
- using computer systems to generate stock lists and labels
- ordering items
- receiving, loading, unloading deliveries
Depending where you work, you will be responsible for preparing, supplying and administering medicines, as well as liaising with patients, customers and other healthcare professionals to support safe and effective use of medicines.
Entry requirements –
You could do a T level for Pharmacy Science Assistants or a pharmacy technician advanced apprenticeship. To do either of these you will need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths. You'll need to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Career progression -
In a pharmacy, you could become a supervisor or manager. You could also train as a pharmacist through a pharmacy foundation degree, which is a two-year, full-time course. When you finish this course, you can then apply for year two of an accredited MPharm degree. In industry, you could move into more specialised areas of development and production or move into sales or marketing.
Another option is to become a pharmacy assessor working with trainee pharmacy technicians.
What skills do you need?
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- maths knowledge
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- administration skills
- to be able to use a computer