Pharmacy lab assistant - Salary and Career
Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling

Pharmacy lab assistant - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They carry out pharmacotechnical operations, check formulas, perform routine maintenance on equipment, laboratory utensils and raw material labels. They control inventories, perform quality tests on raw materials, equipment and the environment. Document pharmaceutical handling activities and procedures. The activities are carried out in accordance with good handling practices, under the direct supervision of the pharmacist.

How much does an Pharmacy lab assistant earn

A Pharmacy lab assistant earns between $1.164 and $2.763 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.527 and a median salary of $1.400 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 6.772 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Pharmacy lab assistant

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.527 18.328 382 7
1º Quartile 1.164 13.972 291 6
Median Salary 1.400 16.800 350 7
3º Quartile 2.107 25.287 527 10
Higher Salary 2.763 33.157 691 13

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • biochemistry and biotechnology technicians
        • technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling

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Main workplaces

Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling they work in the retail trade - compounding pharmacies - and in the chemical products manufacturing industry as formal employees. They work as a team, with permanent supervision. The work is in person, carried out in a closed environment, during the day.

What does it take to work in the field of Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling

For the exercise of these occupations, high school education and a basic professional qualification course with more than four hundred class hours are required. The full performance of activities takes between four and five years of professional experience.

Functions and activities of Pharmacy lab assistant

Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling must:

  • work in accordance with good handling and dispensing practices;
  • serving customers;
  • perform routine maintenance;
  • perform pharmacotechnical operations;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • control inventory;
  • check formulas;
  • track inventory;
  • serve customers;
  • perform quality tests;
  • service customers;
  • document activities and procedures;
  • control inventories;

  • Activities

    • spread components of the manipulation sheet;
    • list expired products;
    • perform pharmacovigilance;
    • replenish drug inventories;
    • examine organoleptic characteristics;
    • work as a team;
    • request preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment;
    • inspect formula labeling;
    • document application of injectables;
    • sign daily assistance technical sheet;
    • check raw material density;
    • stamp recipe in replacing ethical with generic or similar;
    • suggest consultation with a qualified professional;
    • maintain legibility of raw material labels;
    • document medication dispensing;
    • guiding consumers about the correct use, adverse reactions and conservation of medicines;
    • replenish raw materials and packaging;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • note air temperature and humidity;
    • check raw materials;
    • measure ph;
    • solubilize manipulation sheet components;
    • exchange products;
    • dispense medication;
    • disperse components of the manipulation sheet;
    • exhibit manual skill;
    • exhibit self-discipline;
    • check packages;
    • control equipment and environment temperature;
    • check quantity of formulated units;
    • participate in health campaigns;
    • measure melting point;
    • use computer resources;
    • document the handling process;
    • interpret manipulation sheet;
    • record quality control data;
    • place orders;
    • weigh components of the manipulation sheet;
    • forward expired products to organs competent bodies;
    • encapsule components of the manipulation sheet;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • follow standard operating procedures;
    • interpret recipes;
    • list routine maintenance;
    • fraction raw materials;
    • grind components of the manipulation sheet;
    • review used packaging;
    • fill containers with purified water;
    • transmit confidence;
    • filter manipulation sheet components;
    • control storage conditions and expiration dates;
    • instill confidence;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • separate material for disposal;
    • separating medicines in hospital drugstores;
    • assume technical responsibility for the drugstore;
    • store raw materials and packaging;
    • check weight and volume of formulas;
    • calculate manipulation sheet components;
    • sanitize laboratory equipment and utensils;
    • meet established deadlines;
    • forward contaminated material for disposal;
    • register purchase and sale of special control drugs;
    • demonstrate dynamism;
    • suggest generics and similar;
    • provide proof of ability to calculate;
    • label finished formulas;
    • examine average capsule weight;
    • show ability to admit mistakes;
    • work safely;
    • prepare homeopathic formulations of the manipulation sheet;
    • tamise manipulation sheet components;
    • separate work materials;
    • separate packages from the handling sheet;
    • package finished formulas;
    • homogenize manipulation sheet components;
    • emulsify components of the manipulation sheet;
    • record entry and exit of stocks;
    • show concentration;
    • apply safety and personal hygiene techniques;
    • stimulate manipulation sheet components;
    • sanitize workplace;
    • test the solubility of raw materials;

    Sectors that hire Pharmacy lab assistant the most in the job market

    • pharmaceuticals retail trade, with formula manipulation
    • hospital care activities
    • health management support activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • pharmaceuticals retail trade, without formula handling
    • clinical laboratories
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • retailer of homeopathic pharmaceutical products
    • manufacture of cosmetics, perfumery and personal hygiene products

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