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Working As A Med Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $59,493

    Average Salary

What Does A Med Technician Do

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals.

Duties

Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

  • Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
  • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
  • Answer phone calls from customers
  • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Technicians also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

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How To Become A Med Technician

Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. Pharmacy technicians typically learn through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.

Education and Training

Many pharmacy technicians learn how to perform their duties through on-the-job training. These programs vary in length and subject matter according to the employer’s requirements.

Other pharmacy technicians enter the occupation after completing postsecondary education programs in pharmacy technology. These programs are usually offered by vocational schools or community colleges. Most programs award a certificate after 1 year or less, although some programs last longer and lead to an associate’s degree. They cover a variety of subjects, such as arithmetic used in pharmacies, recordkeeping, ways of dispensing medications, and pharmacy law and ethics. Technicians also learn the names, uses, and doses of medications. Most programs also include clinical experience opportunities, in which students gain hands-on experience in a pharmacy.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredits pharmacy technician programs that include at least 600 hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks. In 2015, there were 286 fully accredited programs, including a few in retail drugstore chains.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states regulate pharmacy technicians in some way. Consult state Boards of Pharmacy for particular regulations. Requirements for pharmacy technicians in the states that regulate them typically include some or all of the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Formal education or training program
  • Exam
  • Fees
  • Continuing education
  • Criminal background check

Some states and employers require pharmacy technicians to be certified. Even where it is not required, certification may make it easier to get a job. Many employers will pay for their pharmacy technicians to take the certification exam.

Two organizations offer certification. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification requires a high school diploma and the passing of an exam. Applicants for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and have completed a training program or have 1 year of work experience. Technicians must recertify every 2 years by completing 20 hours of continuing education courses.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Pharmacy technicians spend much of their time interacting with customers, so being helpful and polite is required of pharmacy technicians in a retail setting.

Detail oriented. Serious health problems can result from mistakes in filling prescriptions. Although the pharmacist is responsible for ensuring the safety of all medications dispensed, pharmacy technicians should pay attention to detail so that complications are avoided.

Listening skills. Pharmacy technicians must communicate clearly with pharmacists and doctors when taking prescription orders. When speaking with customers, technicians must listen carefully to understand customers’ needs and determine if they need to speak with a pharmacist.

Math skills. Pharmacy technicians need to have an understanding of the math concepts used in pharmacies when counting pills and compounding medications.

Organizational skills. Working as a pharmacy technician involves balancing a variety of responsibilities. Pharmacy technicians need good organizational skills to complete the work delegated by pharmacists while at the same time providing service to customers or patients.

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Med Technician Career Paths

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Account Manager
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Shift Leader Office Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Lead Technician Operation Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
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Technician Operations Manager General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Technician Patient Care Technician Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Recruiter Career Counselor
Career Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Program Director
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Technician Case Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Operator Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Operator Pharmacist Technician
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Technical Director Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Personal Assistant Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant Patient Care Technician Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Med Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

83.3%

Male

14.5%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.2%

French

5.8%

Filipino

2.3%

German

2.3%

Portuguese

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Italian

1.2%
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Med Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

Everest Institute

8.5%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

8.1%

Ashford University

6.4%

Greenville Technical College

5.5%

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

ECPI University

4.7%

Tri-County Technical College

4.7%

Wake Technical Community College

3.8%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.8%

Midlands Technical College

3.8%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.8%

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

3.8%

Grand Canyon University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.4%

Mohave Community College

3.4%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.0%

Davidson County Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

22.4%

Medical Assisting Services

17.4%

Nursing Assistants

11.7%

Health Care Administration

8.2%

Business

8.0%

Medical Technician

5.1%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Psychology

3.0%

General Studies

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.8%

Human Services

1.9%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.9%

Education

1.6%

Biology

1.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.4%

Cosmetology

1.3%

Management

1.2%

Educational Technology

1.2%

Social Work

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

46.5%

Associate

16.9%

Bachelors

13.3%

Certificate

11.5%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

4.1%

License

2.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Med Technician

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  1. Med-Tech
  2. Medication Pass
  3. Blood Pressure
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  • Report any necessary information involving residents to the med-techs
  • Conducted scheduled medication passes to each resident.
  • Take, record and submit routine reports of temperature, weight, blood pressure, pulse respiration rates per doctors orders.
  • Recognized for exceptional collaboration and leadership skills, developing and contributing to teams to meet project deadlines and improve bottom-line profitability.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in taking patient vital signs and other nursing procedures.

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