A career in pharmacy makes a difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.

Pharmacy roles can be found in local communities, hospitals, and doctor’s surgeries. Take a look below to find out some more about the roles available.


Pharmacists have an expert knowledge of medicines and health. They stop people getting ill and help them to lead healthy lives.

Pharmacists work in multi-skilled teams, often with doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff.

Entry Requirements:

  • A four-year Master’s degree in pharmacy at university

  • A one-year paid work placement called a foundation training year

  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and legally practice as a pharmacist

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£32,306. – £84,507

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work in people facing roles. They answer questions and give advice on medicines and healthy lifestyles choices.

Entry Requirements:

  • 4 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including English, Maths, and Science

  • A two-year accredited pharmacy technician course

  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

 £22, 549

Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy assistants order, prepare and dispense medicines. They support service users to self-manage their health issues and lead healthy lives.

You can start as a pharmacy assistant and progress to pharmacy technician or higher.

Entry Requirements:

  • There are no set entry requirements but you will need English, Maths and computer skills.

  • Employers may also ask for relevant work experience.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£18,870 – £20,330.

What skills and attributes do I need to work in Pharmacy?

Listening Skills

Listening and understanding information is important. It helps to diagnose issues and support recovery.


Being kind, caring and compassionate is important. You will make a difference everyday

Team Work Skills

Being able to work with others is essential

Problem-Solving Skills

Some diagnoses can be tricky – you’ll need to be able to think on your feet and find solutions