Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians provide technical assistance for pharmacists and work under their direct supervision. They usually work in chain or independent drug stores, hospitals, community ambulatory care centers, home health care agencies, nursing homes, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the pharmaceutical industry. They perform a wide range of technical support functions and tasks related to the pharmacy profession. They maintain patient records; count, package, and label medication doses; prepare and distribute sterile products; and fill and dispense routine orders for stock supplies such as over-the-counter products. There are approximately 362,690 pharmacy technicians employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Provide assistance to the pharmacist; maintain patient records; count, package, and label medication doses; prepare and distribute sterile products; fill and dispense routine orders for stock supplies such as over-the-counter products
Alternate Title(s) Emergency Room Pharmacy Technicians, Home Health Care Pharmacy Technicians, Lead Technicians, Narcotics Control Pharmacy Technicians, Nuclear Pharmacy Technicians, Operating Room Pharmacy Technicians, Specially Trained Pharmacy Technicians, Technician Managers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Externship
Skills
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Lead Clinical Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician II
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Per Diem or Part-Time Pharmacy Technician

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