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Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants

£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£21,320 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • 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.


Entrants 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.

What Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants studied in higher education

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What Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences3
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy7
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies4
(L3) Sociology6
(B5) Ophthalmics3
(C1) Biology5
(F1) Chemistry4
(C8) Psychology9
(Y0) Combined1
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(V4) Archaeology1
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry3
(Q3) English studies3
(L2) Politics1
(H2) Civil engineering1
(B7) Nursing1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M2) Law by topic3
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine3
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences2
(L1) Economics1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work1
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period3
(N3) Finance1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

83000 Workforce Size
2.63% Predicted decline 2022 - 2027
14350 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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