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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 379,430 pharmacy technicians employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Conventional

Organized

Technical

Career Ladder
Lead Clinical Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician II

Pharmacy Technician

Per Diem or Part-Time Pharmacy Technician

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