Career Details for Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians

Also called:

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech), Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech), Senior Pharmacy Technician

What they do:

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

On the job, you would:

  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Business

  • customer service
  • administrative services

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Health

  • medicine and dentistry

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

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Verbal

  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Math

  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • Compounder software
  • MEDITECH software

Data base user interface and query software

  • Database software
  • Drug compatibility software

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

book EDUCATION

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high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$31,750


per year, on average
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