Pharmacy Technician

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

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • prepare prescription items
  • make sure prescriptions are legal and accurate
  • order new stock using computerised systems
  • give advice to customers about medicines and refer complex queries to the pharmacist
  • handle confidential information

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

Industry Qualifications

You can apply for a trainee pharmacy technician position and learn on the job. You can also train to be a pharmacy technician through the armed forces.

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