Cynthia Solis PD 10
Pharmacy Technicians Job Details:
- Take from customers or health professionals the information needed to fill a prescription
- Count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions
- Compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments
- Package and label prescriptions
- Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
- Answer phone calls from customers
Hospitals; state, local, and private: $32,400
Grocery stores: $28,720
Pharmacies and drug stores: $27,160
Department stores: $25,780
Other general merchandise stores: $25,330
- 2010 Median Pay: $28,400 per year
Requirements & Education Needed:
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Many pharmacy technicians learn how to perform their duties through on-the-job training.
- attend postsecondary education programs in pharmacy technology at vocational schools or community colleges, which award certificates.
- Learn the names, actions, uses, and doses of medications. Many training programs include internships, in which students get hands-on experience in a pharmacy.
Career Outlook/ Growth
- Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.