Pharmacy Technicians fill and label patients' prescriptions under the supervision of Pharmacists. They may record details of, place orders for, take stock of, and store medications and medical supplies and deliver them to patients.

    Pharmacy experience is generally needed to work as a Pharmacy Technician. While qualifications are not essential, they may be useful. Pharmacy Technicians often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Refers prescriptions to pharmacists and assists in preparing medications.

    All Medical Technicians

    • $1,159 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Pharmacy Technicians

    • 5,600 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 90% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Pharmacy Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 4,600 in 2011 to 5,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Pharmacy Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (53%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 90% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Retail Trade69.1
    Health Care and Social Assistance22.7
    Manufacturing3.9
    Wholesale Trade2.6
    Other Industries1.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePharmacy TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.431.6
    VIC30.925.6
    QLD17.920.0
    SA7.67.0
    WA9.110.8
    TAS2.82.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPharmacy TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.5-5.05.0
    20-2412.9-9.39.3
    25-3428.8-22.922.9
    35-4423.6-22.022.0
    45-5420.2-21.621.6
    55-597.2-9.09.0
    60-643.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPharmacy TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV36.3-21.121.1
    Year 1220.6-18.118.1
    Year 115.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.0-12.512.5

    Pharmacy experience is generally needed to work as a Pharmacy Technician. While qualifications are not essential, they may be useful. Pharmacy Technicians often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Membership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia may be useful.

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    Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      73% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Mathematics

      56% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. English Language

      49% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Clerical

      48% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      44% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Telephone

      99% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Contact With Others

      96% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Spend Time Standing

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      93% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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