£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£28,080 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


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

Main Tasks

  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy;
  • Prepares drugs and medicines under the supervision of pharmacist;
  • Prepares specialised, tailor-made drugs for intravenous administration by hospital medical staff;
  • Labels and checks items prior to dispensing;
  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued;
  • Advises patients or customers on the use of drugs prescribed or medication purchased over the counter;
  • Checks stock levels, orders new stock from pharmaceutical companies and ensures that drugs are stored appropriately.


Entrants to training usually possess GCSEs/S grades or the equivalent. Training is typically a combination of practical experience and study at a college or by open learning towards vocational qualifications. To register as a pharmacy technician with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain an NVQ/ SVQ in Pharmacy Services at Level 3 is required

What Pharmaceutical technicians studied in higher education

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What Pharmaceutical technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences3
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy21
(L3) Sociology3
(B5) Ophthalmics1
(C1) Biology10
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry9
(C8) Psychology8
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry5
(Q3) English studies1
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics1
(R4) Spanish studies1
(M1) Law by area1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine5
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology4
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences4
(J7) Biotechnology1
(F3) Physics1
(N1) Business studies1
(P9) Others in mass communications & documentation1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers3
(N4) Accounting3
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(C3) Zoology1
(L6) Anthropology1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

34400 Workforce Size
4.00% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
3866 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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