Train to become a member of a pharmacy support team.
A pharmacy technician, or pharmaceutical technician, works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist to dispense prescription medications and perform other pharmacy related functions. Pharmacy technicians typically can be found in retail and hospital pharmacies but also work in a variety of other locations including pharmaceutical manufacturers, long-term care facilities, insurance providers, computer software companies or in government or teaching settings.
Excellent communication skills in general are vital to being a good pharmacy tech but in particular these technicians need to be able to express themselves clearly, listen attentively to other people, understand what they’re saying and to understand information presented in written form. Pharmacy technicians also need to be able to put information in order, use deductive reasoning and recognize and solve problems. The ability to provide good customer service is also beneficial to a pharmacy tech’s career.
What Do Pharmacy Technicians Do?
As well as dispensing medications pharmacy technicians undertake a variety of other tasks, which include ensuring the medications are securely stored, responding to telephone and face-to-face queries or requests, referring patients to pharmacists for further information and assistance, filling bottles with medications and labeling them and pricing and filing filled prescriptions. A pharmacy technician is also expected to assist in cleaning and maintaining work areas and equipment as well as sterilizing glassware.
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