- 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.
Typical Education Level
Level 3 NVQ; A Levels
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 14% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for pharmaceutical technician is £21,177
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 624. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for pharmaceutical technician roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £21,177 per year. That is about £1,765 per month or £10.86 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,346, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,461
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 624 people are employed in the region.