Pharmacy Tech

Pharmacy technicians have a variety of duties. They work in hospital pharmacies drug store pharmacies assisted-living facilities nursing homes and at mail-order pharmaceutical companies and their exact duties depend on their specific employer. Regardless of where they work they are supervised by a licensed pharmacist. If pharmacy technicians work in a hospital or drug-store pharmacy they receive and verify prescriptions from hospitals doctors nurses or from the patients themselves. They also fill prescription by counting out tablets or mixing and measuring medications. For each prescription they choose an appropriate container make sure the prescription is labeled accurately and look up the price that will be charged. After the pharmacy technician fills the prescription the pharmacist always checks it for accuracy before it is given to the patient. Pharmacy technicians also answer phones prepare insurance forms maintain patient prescription records and keep an inventory of both prescription and over-the-counter medications. In some cases they are in charge of ringing up sales at the cash register. Pharmacy technicians may have variable work hours including evenings and weekends. In many states pharmacy technicians must be licensed. In order to become a pharmacy technician an educational program must be completed. Most programs include classes in subjects such as medical and pharmaceutical terminology and pharmacy techniques. Upon completion of an educational program students must pass the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PCTB). According to the website www.payscale.com pharmacy technicians earn between approximately $21766 and $44956 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $33361
High Salary: $44956
Low Salary: $21766
Tasks: Receives prescription requests.
Counts, pours and measures medication.
Mixes medications.
Prints and attaches prescription labels.
Also Called: Pharmacy Assistant
Pharmacy Tech
Pharmacy Aide
Pharmacy Cashier
Additional Resources: http://www.suite101.com/content/a-glimpse-into-pharmacy-technician-education-a110207
http://degreesource.com/articles/25/1/Pharmacy-Technician-Job-Description/Page1.html
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Pharmacy_Technician/Salary