Pharmacy Technician Kaihangarau Rongoā

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists to prepare and give out medicines.

Pharmacy technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • receive prescriptions
  • prepare and mix medicines under the supervision of pharmacists
  • pack and label medicines
  • issue, deliver and keep records of completed prescriptions
  • maintain stock levels
  • help in the day-to-day running of the pharmacy
  • organise and repack bulk supplies into smaller containers for hospital wards and departments
  • deliver medicines to hospital wards.

To become a specialist technician you need to be working as a pharmacist technician and complete a New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy – Specialist Technician (Level 6) through Manukau Institute of Technology.

Physical Requirements

Pharmacy technicians need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pharmacy technicians includes working as a pharmacy assistant, or other health or laboratory work.

Personal Qualities

Pharmacy technicians need to be:

  • good communicators, friendly, patient and helpful 
  • organised, responsible and careful
  • able to work within a professional code of ethics and keep information private
  • accurate and observant, with an eye for detail
  • good at maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pharmacy technicians includes working as a pharmacy assistant, or other health or laboratory work.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English and maths.

Pharmacy Technicians can earn around $39K-$42K per year per year.

Pharmacy technicians may progress to senior positions with further training.

Pharmacy technicians can specialise as a:

Specialist technician
Specialist technicians check that pharmacies comply with legislation, train technicians, manufacture medications, manage dispensaries and do industrial research.
Pharmacy Technician

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