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Pharmacy Assistant

Provide retail sales assistance and customer service in a pharmacy.

What's it like to be a Pharmacy Assistant?

Pharmacy Assistants sell retail goods to customers in pharmacies. Goods can range from creams, lotions and grooming tools to, cosmetics and perfumes. Pharmacy Assistants help customers to select the right products to meet their needs and assist with the day to day operation of a pharmacy. They usually have a good knowledge of pharmacy products, health and beauty products.

Pharmacy Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Greeting customers and accepting prescriptions to provide to the Pharmacist.
  • Advising customers on retail products and non-prescription medications.
  • Requesting extended advice from the Pharmacist when required.
  • Teaching customers how to apply and store medicines and products.
  • Operating a point-of-sale terminal and EFTPOS terminal.
  • Cash handling and preparing invoices or receipts.
  • Stock management, including preparing inventories.
  • Curating goods for display, stacking shelves and wrapping sold products.
  • Promoting items on sale or part of a special offer.

What can I earn as a Pharmacy Assistant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Pharmacy Assistant is between $35k and $45k
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How to become a Pharmacy Assistant


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You don’t need formal qualifications to become a Pharmacy Assistant, but it may help you succeed in your role.

  1. Gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of a senior Pharmacy Assistant or a Pharmacist.
  2. Start your formal training with a Certificate II In Community Pharmacy (SIR20116) or a Certificate III in Community Pharmacy (SIR30116) at TAFE or a registered training organisation.
  3. If you want to run the front-of-house operations and take on a Senior Pharmacy Assistant role, the Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy (SIR40116) will provide you with further skills and knowledge.

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How do Pharmacy Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 26 Pharmacy Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
4.1
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
4.0

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Aug 2019
Pharmacy assistance offers a relaxed work environment and enticing day time hours
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate I in Community Pharmacy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
OTC medications
The good things
I really enjoy the aspect of my work that allows me to problem solve to help others
The challenges
There are limited opportunities to progress in the field
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Aug 2019
Being a pharmacy assistant is fantastic, if you have a passion for health and beauty this is definitely the role for you, everyday, every customer is different!!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Community Pharmacy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Pharmacy Assistant
The good things
I think being able to help people is a huge part of the role, I have been in this role just over a year and getting to know our customers has been fantastic especially living in the same suburb I have...
The challenges
I think my biggest challenge has been not working in the industry before, completely changing careers which meant I basically had to start from the beginning, ensuring I was giving correct advice to c...
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Working hours for Pharmacy Assistants

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Weekends
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 25 Pharmacy Assistants

What are the job opportunities for Pharmacy Assistants?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
5.6%
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Source: LMIP. Pharmacy Sales Assistants

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