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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

  • $33,000

    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

Med Technician
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Manager Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Manager Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Supervisor Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Residence Coordinator Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Residence Coordinator Administrator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Residence Coordinator Administrator Assistant Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Store Manager General Manager
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Store Manager Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Assistant General Manager Kitchen Manager
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Case Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Business Office Manager Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Supervisor Assistant Director Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
HHHunt
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Med Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Med Technician in the United States is $33,720 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $53,000.

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Top Skills for A Med Technician

  1. Med-Tech
  2. Medication Pass
  3. ADL
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  • Report any necessary information involving residents to the med-techs
  • Prepared residents daily medication, distributed medication, logged and recorded time of medication pass.
  • Assist with ADL s such as bathing, dressing, feeding, transferring and assist hospice nurses with hospice residents.
  • Chart each resident's intakes, output, vital signs, skin condition, and behavior.
  • Provide personal care to the patient in a compassionate and understanding manner consistent with the hospice philosophy.

Med Technician Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 10,165 Med Technician resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Med Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

71.1%

Unknown

15.8%

Male

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

79.4%

French

6.1%

German

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Swahili

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%

Amharic

0.6%

Russian

0.6%

Arabic

0.6%

Lingala

0.6%
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Med Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Everest Institute

11.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.6%

Ashford University

6.3%

The Academy

6.3%

Kaplan University

6.3%

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

4.7%

Ross Medical Education Center

4.3%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.9%

Remington College

3.9%

ECPI University

3.9%

Gaston College

3.9%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

Forsyth Technical Community College

3.6%

Guilford Technical Community College

3.4%

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

3.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.0%

Tri-County Technical College

2.9%

Strayer University

2.9%

Midlands Technical College

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

27.3%

Medical Assisting Services

20.2%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Nursing Assistants

7.6%

Business

6.8%

Medical Technician

4.2%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

General Studies

3.2%

Pharmacy

3.1%

Psychology

2.3%

Educational Technology

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.6%

Cosmetology

1.5%

Human Services

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.3%

Biology

1.2%

Management

1.1%

Mental Health Counseling

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

47.9%

Associate

15.9%

Bachelors

11.5%

Certificate

11.2%

Diploma

6.4%

Masters

3.9%

License

3.1%

Doctorate

0.2%
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