What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

HealthcareOctober 24, 2016

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists. They are responsible for dispensing and administrating medicine to patients and/or healthcare professionals, with duties that include preparing and filling prescriptions for patients, issuing medications, labeling, storing and managing supplies, and providing information to patients and healthcare professionals.

Most pharmacy technicians work in hospitals and retail pharmacies, but they also can be found on the job just about everywhere else—from schools to military facilities.  

How To Become a Pharmacy Technician

A career as a pharmacy technician requires a high school diploma, and candidates must pass a training program. The training program prepares students by teaching them the legal responsibilities of record maintenance and administration of different types of drugs, pharmaceutical calculations, and how to read, file and distribute prescriptions, as well as common drug interactions and side effects.

Every state also may require specific licenses and regulations, which likely will require candidates to pass one or more exams.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a pharmacy technician in 2015 was $30,410 per year ($14.62 per hour). The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook also reported the number of jobs in the field exceeds 372,500 and the job growth projection for pharmacy techs is 9 percent, which is faster than the average for most jobs. 

How To Start Your Career as a Pharmacy Technician

A career as a pharmacy technician is important, as most of us will require medication at some point in our lives. For those looking to start a career as a pharmacy technician, Fortis offers pharmacy training programs at many of our campuses. Contact us today to learn more! 

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