- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to enjoy working with other people
- the ability to read English
- active listening skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
In this role, you could:
- advise customers about non-prescription items
- serve customers and making up orders
- take payments
- label products
- re-stock shelves and display cabinets
- take calls from GP surgeries, nursing homes and clinics
- deliver medicines to wards
- enter medicine data on computerised dispensing systems
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work at a health centre, at a store or in an NHS or private hospital.
With experience and a qualification like the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills, you could become a senior pharmacy assistant.
With further training, you could become a pharmacy technician.
You can find out more about working as a pharmacy assistant from Health Careers.