Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants
Average Annual Pay
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017
Average Weekly Hours
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015
Labour Force Survey 2018
Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)
Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants work under the supervision of pharmacists or other relevant health professionals to dispense drugs and medicines, issue pre-packaged prescriptions, sell over-the-counter medication, dispense spectacles and contact lenses and other related products.
QualificationsEntrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by study towards vocational qualifications. NVQs/ SVQs are available in relevant areas and at various levels, and apprenticeships may be available.
- checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy and confirms patients’ or customers’ details;
- maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued;
- checks stock levels, rotates stock, orders new stock from supplying companies and ensures that products are stored appropriately;
- arranges displays of merchandise;
- relays information to customers under the direction of pharmacist or other health professional;
- carries out sales transaction, wraps and packages goods.
Common job titles
Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.