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
£ 13,739
£ 24,080
£ 35,496

Available jobs

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

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

  • Clinical Pharmacy

  • Stock Control

  • Primary Care

  • Surgery

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.

  • Customer Service

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Detail Oriented

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Self-Motivation

  • Sales

  • Prioritization

  • Support Colleagues

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.