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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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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

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Pharmacy Technician

Mitchell Community College
Statesville (0.0 Miles)
Triton College

Pharmacy Technician Career Certificate

Triton College
River Grove (0.0 Miles)

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, A.A.S.

Bronx Community College - CUNY
Bronx (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology Certificate

Pima Community College
Tucson (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology Certificate of Achievement

Cerritos College
Norwalk (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Non-Credit Certificate

Cedar Valley College
Lancaster (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology, A.A.S.

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Certificate (Non-credit)

Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technology Certificate

Tulsa Community College
Tulsa (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Central Arizona College
Coolidge (0.0 Miles)
Brookdale Community College

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Brookdale Community College
Lincroft (0.0 Miles)

Pharmacy TechnologyAssociate Degree

Cerritos College
Norwalk (0.0 Miles)
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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. 

Find Pharmacy Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Pharmacy Technician-Costco

Costco Wholesale Corporation
Kirkland ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

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Rite Aid
Williamsburg ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 4 days ago

Pharmacy Technician

Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Swannanoa ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Pharmacy Technician

CVS Health
Southport ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 10 months 2 weeks ago

Pharmacy Technician

Walgreens
Tupelo ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 11 hours ago

Pharmacy Technician-Costco

Costco Wholesale Corporation
Winter Park ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

Pharmacy Technician (Part Time)

Rite Aid
Bellevue ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 4 days ago

Pharmacy Technician

Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Statesville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago