Starting a Career As a Pharmacy Technician

If you are seeking a career where employment opportunities are expected to be good, consider training to be a Pharmacy Technician or Aide. One aspect of this busy and interesting job that may be appealing is the flexibility. Many technicians and aides work evenings, weekends, and holidays since about seventy-five percent of this employment is in a retail setting.

Most of us have had to fill a prescription or two. We know the position entails receiving and dispensing prescriptions for customers. In addition to this basic task, there are also administrative duties to perform. A pharmacy technician will take the request for filling the prescriptions from customers or electronically from doctor’s offices, dispense appropriate amounts, and possibly label containers. The pharmacist usually will double check to see that the prescription work is correct and administered properly.

It is always suggested that you provide good customer service. Communication skills are necessary since this position gives you interaction with coworkers, and healthcare professionals. Technicians also document patient’s profiles and insurance claim information, and help to answer questions.

A pharmacy aide will also be responsible for administrative duties, as well as answering phones when needed, keeping the shelves appropriately stocked, and checking out customers.

Employment in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, may include additional responsibilities. A broader knowledge and experience may help a technician to qualify. This position may involve bringing medications to the doctors or nurses and preparing sterile solutions. Technicians may also record the information about the prescribed medication onto the patient’s chart.

Most States require a pharmacy technician to register with the State board of pharmacy. An application fee is required and the level of education varies depending on the state. Certification is not necessarily required, but may be preferred by the employer. The general requirements may include a high school diploma or its equivalent and no felony convictions.

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