Pharmacy and Optical Dispensing Assistants

Pharmacy and optical dispensing assistants work under the supervision of pharmacists and opticians or optometrists to dispense drugs and medicines, issue pre-packaged prescriptions, sell over-the-counter medication, dispense spectacles and contact lenses and other related products.


New workers
£ 6,185
£ 14,983
£ 28,094

Available jobs

In the past year there were 77,661 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?

  • Carries out sales transaction, wraps and packages goods.

  • Relays information to customers under the direction of pharmacist and opticians or optometrists.

  • Arranges displays of merchandise.

  • Checks stock levels, rotates stock, orders new stock from supplying companies and ensures that products are stored appropriately.

  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued.

  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy and confirms patients’ or customers’ details.

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

  • Medication Dispensation

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Stock Rotation

  • Stock Management

  • Virtual Classroom

  • Housekeeping

  • Pharmacy Experience

  • Publicly Funded Health 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.

  • Customer Service

  • English Language

  • Communication

  • Mathematics

  • Detail Oriented

  • Teamwork

  • Organizational Skills

  • Patience

  • Management

  • Administrative Functions

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.