Pharmacy assistants, also known as pharmacy aides, work under the guidance and direction of a registered pharmacist. Pharmacy assistant jobs can be found in hospitals, chemists or pharmacists. The role is entry-level, and as such, requires no formal education, however most assistants are expected to have finished a secondary level of education. Their duties include:
Working with customers
Facilitating the filling of prescriptions
Ordering stock and other items
Reporting to their pharmacist of any problems or errors that have arisen
Labelling and packing medicines
What skills do they need?
The first and most important skill any pharmacy assistant needs is the ability to clearly communicate with people, as their most important responsibility is informing customers how and when to apply medication. They also need to be highly attentive, caring, and patient with customers concerns and questions.