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.
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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How to become a Pharmacy Assistant
- Gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of a senior Pharmacy Assistant or a Pharmacist.
- 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.
- 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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