Pharmaceutical Technicians

Pharmaceutical technicians work in hospitals or in the community and assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of drugs and medicines.


New workers

New workers start around £13,739. Normal pay is £24,080 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,496.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 27,857 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Checks stock levels, orders new stock from pharmaceutical companies and ensures that drugs are stored appropriately.

  • Advises patients or customers on the use of drugs prescribed or medication purchased over the counter.

  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued.

  • Labels and checks items prior to dispensing.

  • Prepares specialised, tailor-made drugs for intravenous administration by hospital medical staff.

  • Prepares drugs and medicines under the supervision of pharmacist.

  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Medical Prescription

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Medication Dispensation

  • Standard Operating Procedure

  • Auditing

  • Pharmacy Experience

  • Stock Control

  • Clinical Pharmacy

  • Surgery

  • Primary Care

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.