Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients.
Technicians usually help the pharmacist prepare prescribed medication by counting tablets and labeling bottles.
They also perform administrative duties, answer phones, stock shelves, and operate the cash register.
Technicians are not allowed to answer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters so they refer those to a pharmacist.
Common responsibilities include:
- Counting tablets and labeling bottles
- Answer phone inquiries
- Stock shelves and/or operate the cash register
- Follow the instructions of the pharmacist
The expansion of pharmacy chains and development of new pharmaceutical products make the job outlook for pharmacy technicians very good for the next decade. A formal education is not required but is recommended if you plan on staying in the field.
Most states regulate the number of pharmacy technicians that a pharmacist can carry so those with higher education levels and more experience will be better prospects for the job. Pharmacy technicians earn between $8 and $17.50 per hour.
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor