Their jobs may be somewhat hectic but, according to hours-worked, pharmacy technicians generally have it pretty good – typically working less than 40 hours a week. They do, however, have a set schedule and routine.
The typical day for a pharmacy technician revolves around prescriptions and refill requests, which also include verifying that all information is accurate and complete. They spend a good deal of time on the phone, answering questions or handling requests, pre-packing bulk medications, filling bottles with prescribed medicines and filling out labels before putting them on prescription bottles. They frequently assist customers by answering questions or helping them locate health-related items, along with keeping up with storage and the security of drugs kept on the premises.
A majority of pharm techs (roughly seven in 10) work in retail settings – whether in chain pharmacies, or independent ones, where they process information, help fill prescriptions, double-check the accuracy of medications, manage inventory and deal with medical insurance. About 17% work in hospital settings, performing pharmacy calculations, interpreting prescription orders, and delivering medications to in-hospital patients.
Others may find themselves working for insurance plans, at a pharmaceutical company, or for government agencies – everything from the Bureau of Prisons to the V.A. Because pharmacy technicians must work with a wide range of people, it’s important for them to have strong communications skills, a commitment to excellent customer service, and a positive, respectful attitude toward those with whom they work as well as those they serve.
If you are eager to prepare for a career in pharmacy technology and make a difference in the lives of others as a member of a social healthcare profession, Fortis Colleges and Institutes are ready to help. Go to our Medical Technology programs page to learn more about the program offering nearest to you and the career opportunities you might expect as a Pharmacy Technician program graduate.
And, while you’re on the page, check out Pharm Tech graduate Freddy L.’s video in which he tells how Fortis helped him achieve success in the profession.