JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 182
A pharmacy technician manages the supply of medicines in a pharmacy, helping
to prepare and dispense them, as well as helping pharmacists to give advice.
You'll work as part of a team, selling medicines over the counter and ordering
items. You could work in a high-street pharmacy, supermarket or hospital.
What qualifications do I need? You must be registered with the General
Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to practise as a pharmacy technician, and to do
this you must be studying for an accredited qualification such as a BTEC national
diploma in pharmaceutical science, an NVQ/SVQ level 3 in pharmacy services or
a national certificate in pharmaceutical science. You usually also need at least
four GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A*-C), including English, maths and science. Training
usually takes two years.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at around £19,000, while highly
experienced technicians can earn around £31,000.
Salaries start at
£22,128 for an
adult nurse, rising
to £35,577 for a
nurse team leader
equivalent to study a nursing degree,
although all universities set their own
entry requirements. Nursing degree
apprenticeships are being developed.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at
£22,128, rising to £35,577 for a nurse
team leader, £48,514 for a modern
matron or nurse consultant, and
£83,258 for the most senior positions
such as chief nurse.
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Working with adults of all ages, you'll
care for and observe patients, and assess
their needs, carrying out routine
procedures, administering medication
and taking patient samples and
temperatures. You'll learn practical skills
such as dealing with emergencies,
monitoring a patient's condition and
providing pre- and post-operative care.
You could work in a hospital, GP surgery,
clinic or patient's home, or for the prison
service or the police.
What qualifications do I need? You'll
normally need at least five GCSEs grade
9 to 4 (A*-C) plus three A-levels or