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Pharmacy technician

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Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Average salary (a year)

£20,329 Starter

to

£31,533 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

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How to become a pharmacy technician

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • a trainee position

Apprenticeship

You could do a pharmacy technician advanced apprenticeship.

You can also train to be a pharmacy technician through an apprenticeship in the armed forces.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Other Routes

You can apply for a trainee pharmacy technician position. Employers will often ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and science, Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science, or equivalent qualifications.

You'll do on-the-job training over 2 years and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

Once qualified you can join the Association of Pharmacy Technicians for continuous professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about careers as a pharmacy technician from Health Careers and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll 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 and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • choose the correct items for a prescription
  • weigh ingredients, measure liquids and count tablets
  • put together ointments and medicines
  • make sure prescriptions are legal and accurate
  • create labels to tell people how to take medicine
  • order new stock using computerised systems
  • give advice to customers about prescriptions and refer complex queries to the pharmacist
  • sell over-the-counter medicines
  • handle confidential information
  • refer complex queries to the pharmacist

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre, in a prison or at a store.

You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could become a departmental supervisor or manager.

You could take on a specialist role like clinical technician, working with healthcare professionals and patients on wards.

There are opportunities to move into a specialist area like oncology, paediatrics, or clinical trials.

Some pharmacy technicians go into research and development work, or move into pharmaceutical production, sales or marketing.

You could train to be a pharmacist. You can do a 2 year full-time pharmacy foundation degree and then apply for year two of an accredited MPharm degree.

Another option is to become a pharmacy assessor working with trainee pharmacy technicians.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 3 Pharmacy Technician Apprentice

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: London

Pharmacy Apprentice

  • Wage: £152.10 Weekly
  • Location: Sheffield

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