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What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

Many jobs in health care require an educational commitment that’s out of reach for many, but here’s an exception. Pharmacy technicians help dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They work under the supervision of a pharmacist, who confirms that the prescription is accurate. They receive written prescriptions and confirm their accuracy. They measure out medications before packaging and labeling them. In many states, they can also compound or mix medications. Some technicians specialize in oncology or chemotherapy drugs.

Pharmacy technicians primarily work in retail drug stores and hospitals. In hospital pharmacy, technicians work primarily with IV bags, often under sterile conditions.

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34,330+
A pharmacy technician checks prescriptions
When it comes to medicine, details matter. That’s why pharmacy technicians need strong math skills in addition to a good memory. (Credit: sirtravelalot/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Collect information needed to fill prescription requests from customers or health professionals
  • Measure medication
  • Understand the names, uses and doses of medications
  • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages 
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Enter patient information into a computer system
  • Answer phone calls
  • Maintain safety by adhering to infection-control procedures and regulations

 

Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. Some look for candidates who have completed a program in pharmacy technology from a community college or technical school, but some offer on-the-job training. Programs last from one to two years. In addition, most pharmacies offer on-the-job training to give trainees time to earn the relevant certificates. Most states allow trainees a grace period for certification.

State rules regulating pharmacy technicians vary, but in general, they will have to pass an exam or complete an education or training program to work in that state.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent customer service skills
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Have strong math skills
  • Are organized

Pharmacy Technician training in your area

Coordinates

Pharmacy Technology, A.A.S

North Georgia Technical College
Clarkesville (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician, A.A.S.

Houston Community College
Houston (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Allegany College of Maryland
Cumberland (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology Diploma

Durham Technical Community College
Durham (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Advanced Level, A. A. S.

Central New Mexico Community College
Albuquerque (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician, A.S.

Foothill College
Los Altos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology Diploma

North Georgia Technical College
Clarkesville (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Level 2

Houston Community College
Houston (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Career Training

Indian River State College
Fort Pierce (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician, A.A.S.

Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier City (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology, A.A.S

Saint Paul College
St Paul (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology, A.A.S.

South Texas College
McAllen (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Chris Hicks
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Pharmacy technician Chris Hicks in Charlottesville, Virginia
Meet Ambassador
Chris Hicks

Chris Hicks is the pharmacy director at the nonprofit Charlottesville Free Clinic in Virginia. 

He's been with the Free Clinic for eight years and has spent 16 years as a pharmacy technician — long enough to see that no matter the type of clinic they work in, pharmacy techs can make a difference.

To land the most rewarding jobs in this field, you're going to have to stand out, he says, but it’s well worth it. 

"You get to play a small part in healing and treating patients," says Chris. 

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Coordinates

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