Pharmacy Technician - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Pharmacy Technician

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Job Description

 

A pharmacy technician has the knowledge and skills to perform many pharmacy-related functions while working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

A pharmacy technician will refer questions regarding drug information, prescriptions or health concerns to the pharmacist.

Pharmacy technicians have a wide range of employment opportunities in different settings, some of which include:

  • Community or privately owned pharmacies

  • Hospitals

  • Home health care agencies

  • Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities

  • Assisted living centers

  • Military service

  • Pharmacies that provide mail-order service

  • Managed health care companies

  • Educational programs

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Responsibilities 

 

A Pharmacy Technician has many duties to fulfill throughout a day. They are responsible for filling prescriptions and interacting with patients-- answering questions they might know and seeking answers for those questions they don't.

In order to fill a prescription request, they might count, measure, weigh, pour or mix the medication for Pharmacist verification and approval.

The pharmacy tech must then prepare the medication in a container and attach a clear label with instructions.

 Other duties pharmacy technicians are, but not limited to:

  • Completing insurance claim forms

  • Stocking inventory

  • Maintaining patient profiles.

  • Consulting patients on medication questions or side-effects 

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Skills

 

Reading Comprehension

Must be able to understand written documents, prescriptions, and labels to ensure patient safety.

Active Listening

Listen to and understand what people say and how it pertains to your abilities and duties.

Communication

Must be able to convey information effectively and interact with people. Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service-Oriented

Wants to help and engage with people. Helps to be extroverted.

Perception

Know why people act the way they do and be able to distinguish red-flag behavior.

Coordination

Must be able to coordinate your actions with your boss and coworkers.

Complex Problem Solving

Identify complex problems and use your knowledge and on-hand information to evaluate options and solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Must be able to make decisions and exist with some autonomy so you can take appropriate action and complete tasks.

Resource Management

Must be able to effectively manage time and supplies so as to complete tasks in an timely manner and to save money

Endurance

Must stand for long hours and work many days, including weekends. Constantly moving and interacting with people.

 

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Working Conditions

 

Working conditions for pharmacy technicians are generally areas that are clean, well-lit, well-ventilated and organized.

Pharmacy techs may be required to do some heavy lifting or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from tall shelves. Most of the workday is usually spent on their feet.

Pharmacy technicians work the same hours as the pharmacists under which they work, including evenings, nights and sometimes weekends and holidays.

Some hospital pharmacies, as well as retail pharmacies, are now open 24 hours a day, requiring technicians to work various shifts.

With experience and increased seniority, technicians may have some degree of increased control over their assigned working hours. Both retail and hospital settings offer opportunities for part-time work.

 

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Salary Outlook

Resources

 

CPhT

PTCB

NHA

Continuing Education

 

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