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Pharmacy Technician

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Validation Specialist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€35 - 45
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Last Updated: July, 2015

Pharmaceutical Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 50
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Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

Other Health Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

Health care practice managers; social services managers & directors; health services & public health managers & directors; psychologists; ophthalmic opticians; dental practitioners; veterinarians; medical radiographers; podiatrists.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 22%
Aged over 55: 18%
Male / Female: 37 / 63%
Non-Nationals: 19%
With Third Level: 99%
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At a Glance... header image

Assists scientists the pharmaceutical industry and and pharmacists in clinical and community pharmacy settings.

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The Work header image

Pharmaceutical technicians work in a variety of environments. They can find work in community pharmacies. Prospects also exist for employment in the hospital service, in the pharmaceutical industry, and in the wholesale sector.  
In a community pharmacy, the technician is involved in the professional services area under the supervision of a pharmacist. This includes the proper storage of medicines, stock control and rotation, receiving and preparing prescriptions, printing and affixing labels, pricing and GMS coding, maintaining records for controlled drugs and Second Schedule poisons.  
In the pharmacy department of a hospital, the technician works under the supervision of the pharmacist. In addition to preparing prescriptions, there is also the assembly and issuing of stocks to wards and theatres. In practice, the work will vary according to the type of services provided in the hospital.  
In the pharmaceutical industry, technicians may assist in the manufacture of sterile and non-sterile products and may also be called upon to provide customer related services. Their training equips them to carry out appropriate tasks for wholesalers.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.


Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.


Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.


Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.


Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.


Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.


Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.


Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.


Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.


Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must enjoy working with people and have good communication skills. You will advise medical staff, patients and the public on how to take the medicines you have prepared.  
You must be accurate in following procedures and in labelling. You should be methodical and careful in your approach to work. Numerical skills and an interest in science are important.

Entry Routesheader image

Pharmacy Technician courses at level 6 are available at AIT LKIT Carlow IT and DIT. Courses are typically 2-years in duration. Higher Certificate in Science - Pharmacy Technician is awarded.

Progression is possible to the BSc. Pharmacy and the 5-year MPharm.

Last Updated: October, 2017

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Organisation: Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
Address: 18 Shrewsbury Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 218 4000
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Organisation: Irish Pharmacy Union
Address: Butterfield House, Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Tel: (01) 493 6401
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