Pharmacy Technician

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

Career outlook:

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists.You are able to work in Drug Stores, Hospitals, Department stores. You spend most of your day on your feet. The work hours are 24/7. As a certified pharmacy technician, you have the potential to earn up to $18 per hour.

  • Pay:

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
$13.65 per hour

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.
- Typically last 1 year or less and cover a variety of subjects, such as arithmetic used in pharmacies, recordkeeping, ways of dispensing medications, and pharmacy law and ethics

- 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.

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